A big-screen adaptation of the gay-themed musical bare: A Pop Opera is currently in the works, Playbill reports.
The coming-of-age rock musical, written by Jon Hartmere, Jr. and the late Damon Intrabartolo, is about the struggles of two gay students at a co-ed Catholic boarding school.
Bare made its world premiere in 2000 in Los Angeles and then had a brief run off-Broadway in 2004. The show has since enjoyed more than 100 productions around the world, including an revised version that opened off-Broadway in 2012.
The original off-Broadway bare cast included John Hill and Michael Arden as secret gay lovers Jason and Peter. The 2012 production starred Jason Hite and Taylor Trensch, who will soon take over the lead role in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen.
The musical “is a significant piece within the history of gay theatre,” according to the official film site. “With a community of both gay and straight people, it shows the ’bare’ humanity of the issues each individual faces, rather than sexuality being the forefront of their struggles.”
Original bare director Kristin Hanggi, a Tony nominee for Rock of Ages, has been tapped to direct the film version and has adapted the script for the screen.
The filn’s creative team, including Tony-nominated Rock of Ages producers Hillary Butorac Weaver and Janet Billig Rich, is asking bare fans to record and submit video testimonials about their personal experience with the show, its score, and its story. The videos may be used for promotional purposes.
Watch a clip from the 2013 L.A. revival below.