Bare

“Must-see theatre, providing the kind of experience that absolutely defines modern musical theatre.” – BroadwayWorld.com

“A Must-See.” – St. Louis Magazine

“Great storytelling and fun music, rich characters and very fine performances.” – TalkinBroadway.com

“Smart, humorous and sophisticated.” – Mark Bretz, Ladue News

“Go to New Line and plunge into this haunting pop opera.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Definitely a show worth seeing.” – The Patch

“A strong, intelligent, interesting show.” – St. Louis Eats and Drinks

“Must-see theatre, providing the kind of experience that absolutely defines modern musical theatre.” – BroadwayWorld.com

“A Must-See.” – St. Louis Magazine

“Great storytelling and fun music, rich characters and very fine performances.” – TalkinBroadway.com

“Smart, humorous and sophisticated.” – Mark Bretz, Ladue News

“Go to New Line and plunge into this haunting pop opera.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Definitely a show worth seeing.” – The Patch

“A strong, intelligent, interesting show.” – St. Louis Eats and Drinks

In Los Angeles, bare won the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Musical, the Ovation Award for Best Musical and the L.A. Drama Critics Award for Best Score. When bare was originally produced in Los Angeles, it was supposed to run for 32 performances at an 87-seat theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard. Four months later, it had become a multi award-winning sensation created by two 26-year-old writers and a 23-year-old director.

About its off Broadway production, The New York Times wrote, "bare has youthful promise written all over it." The Associated Press called the show an "ambitious and original creation." TalkinBroadway.com said, "The show is breathlessly energetic, and an obvious labor of love crafted with care down to its smallest details."

A workshop of a revised version of bare was held in New York in November 2010, with an eye toward a possible new production on Broadway. Producer Randy Taradash said at the time, “We approached the team about taking a fresh look at their musical, whose universal themes of acceptance, tolerance, and unconditional love, whether from a lover, parent, peer, or from personal faith, have been at the forefront of so many of the discussions our nation has faced in recent times. As we’ve read with great sadness the headlines of the past few weeks concerning the struggles and despair facing today's LGTBQ youth, we have been struck by how ahead of its time bare was in 2000, and how, sadly, the world has caught up with bare. With a newly revised work in hand, the entire bare team is united in shaping a thrilling and emotional theatrical experience that allows anyone who feels their issues are singular to know that they are not alone.” And isn’t that the whole point of human storytelling?

Want to explore more? We recommend:

The official bare website and the 2007 bare studio recording Director Scott Miller's background and analysis essay about bare. Or read Miller's other show essays by clicking here. Video interviews with members of New Line's bare cast about the show The New Liners' Bare blogs -- director Scott Miller's Blog, Aaron Doerr's Blog, Mike Dowdy's Blog, Rahamses Galvan's Blog, John Michael Rotello's Blog, Michelle Sauer's Blog, Sarah Wilson's Blog A nice bare fan site An article in The Advocate about the show's creators The Wikipedia article about bare A look at the disastrous 2012 revival of bare Baz Luhrmann's film version of Romeo + Juliet Two related works on DVD, Dead Poets Society and Rent: Live on Broadway, as well as the teenage rock musical, Colma, on DVD The excellent PBS documentary God in America, about the history of religion in America The book Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son