Musical “Bare” will shutter Feb. 3, becoming the latest title bested by the challenges of carving out a commercial life Off Broadway.
Tuner has accumulated a minor cult following over its long lifespan, which began in a 2000 L.A. staging, continued with a 2004 Off Broadway stint and then a number of separate productions around the world. That aud enthusiasm, however, couldn’t sustain box office for the latest production, and sales likely weren’t helped by the generally downbeat reviews (with a few thumbs up in the mix) earned in the wake of the show’s December opening.
It’s rare these days for a legit outing, particularly a musical, to find a commercial foothold Off Broadway, which many producers see as a challenging market hampered by rising production costs, limited revenue potential and its perennial underdog status alongside tourist-magnet Broadway. Many of the most recent musicals to give commercial Off Broadway a go have made the move after a profile-boosting Rialto run, as was the case with “Avenue Q” and the upcoming bow of play-with-music “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which just ended its Broadway stint prior to shifting Off Broadway.
“Bare,” with music by Damon Intrabartolo and book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, is gearing up for productions in South Korea, Japan, Brazil and L.A., according to producers. A cast album is on the way.
Randy Taradash, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment and Gregory Rae produce “Bare,” helmed by Stafford Arima (“Altar Boyz,” “Carrie”). Jason Hite, Taylor Trensch and Elizabeth Judd are among the young thesps starring in the story of a group of teens at a coed Catholic boarding school.
Show began previews Nov. 19.