‘Bare’ will make its UK premiere at London’s Union Theatre for a limited engagement

Taylor Trensch and Jason Hite

Taylor Trensch and Jason Hite in the revisal of Bare.

When Bare the Musical closed at the New World Stages on Feb. 3, the show’s social media pages adopted the slogan of “try to see, it’s not goodbye,” a direct quote from the musical.

And now it’s true that it’s not goodbye because Bare will open this spring at London’s Union Theatre for a limited engagement starting on April 24. Although Bare was recently seen off-Broadway as a revisal of the original, West End audiences will be experiencing the original pop opera. This will mark the first time that Bare will open in the West End.

Bare the Musical, the most recent production, left an everlasting impression on those who saw it. The music fit neatly into the pop/rock genre music that has swept the Broadway stage in recent years. Wall’s choreography showcased dance as a powerful metaphor for story and the book is notable for employing actual teenage speech.

The musical follows two young boys, Peter and Jason, in their senior year of high school as they navigate personal discovery and sexual awakening in relation to religion. It also addresses teenage drug abuse and cyber bullying.

The London production will be directed by Paul Taylor-Mills, choreographed by Racky Plews, and designed by Huw Evans. The music is by Damon Intrabartolo, the lyrics are by Jon Hartmere and the book is by both. Lynn Shankel contributed new songs in the revisal.

The production first opened at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles in 2000. It opened off-Broadway in April 2004 starring Michael Arden (Big River) as Peter, John Hill (Hairspray) as Jason and Jenna Leigh Green (Sabrina, The Teenage Witch) as Ivy. The new re-imagined revisal opened December 9, 2012 at New World Stages with additional songs and starred Taylor Trensch (Matilda) as Peter, Jason Hite (Girlfriend) as Jason and Elizabeth Judd (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) as Ivy and was choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance’s Travis Wall.

It is as yet unclear whether the production will mimic the original production or utilize the changes made to the revival. Casting has not been announced.

The stunning simplicity of the show and its powerful message of acceptance is sure to resonate with audiences and entertain musical fans alike.


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