Rock-opera staged for Pride Festival
Pride Festival is back and is set to take over Auckland from tomorrow until March 1.
As part of the festival, Broadway musical Bare will be performed in Auckland for the first time.
The coming-of-age story is set in a Catholic boarding school and is a confronting piece, musical director Andy Manning says.
‘‘The whole thing is about secrets and lies. ‘ Everything is an act when you are pleasing everyone’ is a lyric from one of the songs,’’ the Mt Eden resident says.
The story follows the romantic relationship between students Jason and Peter and the struggles they face in a Catholic school.
‘‘It’s not anti-religious, it is not biased in that sense, it shows both sides of the coin,’’ Manning says.
‘‘It’s a really vital piece and it’s great we are doing it as part of Pride Festival.’’
The show will be performed as a rock-opera and is sung the whole way through as opposed to a traditional musical where there is dialogue involved.
Director Andrew Tindell has worked alongside Auckland Music Theatre to bring the show to Auckland audiences. It premiered in Los Angeles in 2000.
‘‘It is coming at a time that we are at a turning point for discrimination in some sense,’’ Manning says.
‘‘There are still some sections of society that are heavily discriminated against but we are lucky in New Zealand that we don’t have a hateful community.’’
While Manning says the audience can expect a ‘‘thrill- ing high-octane experience’’ he also says folks may not come out grinning.
‘‘So often we work in musical theatre and it seems like it’s just light entertainment – and I love that – but it’s great to be able to address something that I’m quite passionate about.
‘‘It’s just a great story told by some really young talented people.’’
Important subject: Musical director Andy Manning believes Bare is a vital piece about sexuality and discrimination.