Shari Barrett

Shari Barrett Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area. As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city work together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles. Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles. Shari is honored to serve her hometown as a contributor to Broadway World.
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BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Celebrates Good Old Fashioned American DreamsBWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Celebrates Good Old Fashioned American Dreams
Posted: Jul. 20, 2015


BWW Review: Could THE PORCINI TEST Be The Best Way to Define Your Relationship?BWW Review: Could THE PORCINI TEST Be The Best Way to Define Your Relationship?
Posted: Aug. 2, 2015


BWW Reviews: DATING: ADULTS EMBRACING FAILURE Proves Even Heartbreak Can Be Hilarious!BWW Reviews: DATING: ADULTS EMBRACING FAILURE - Even Heartbreak Can Be Hilarious!
Posted: Jul. 17, 2015


BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE Offers a Frolicking Good Time for Everyone!BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE Offers a Frolicking Good Time for Everyone!
Posted: Jul. 14, 2015


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BWW Review: Could THE PORCINI TEST Be The Best Way to Define Your Relationship?BWW Review: Could THE PORCINI TEST Be The Best Way to Define Your Relationship?
August 2, 2015

In our modern dating world, there is no real way to know when a relationship has the potential to last longer than a one night stand. In THE PORCINI TEST, a contemporary play written and directed by Laureen Vonnegut, three long-time friends with hidden truths and concealed weapons banter back and forth over drinks about the merits of men, many of whom they have shared, finally deciding the best way to sift through them is to give each the Porcini test, basically asking if they know how to correctly pronounce the Italian fungi properly. If so, you're in. If not, so long!
BWW Review: THE FALSE SERVANT Puts the Focus on Money in a Very Modern Love TriangleBWW Review: THE FALSE SERVANT Puts the Focus on Money in a Very Modern Love Triangle
July 30, 2015

Like modern soap operas, THE FALSE SERVANT centers on a love triangle between two women and one man. Each plans to marry him, but he is only interested in which woman can bring him the best financial arrangement. And we are told from the beginning that if your mind has room for reason, there is no room for love. Thus is set up the battle of the sexes with the only reason for love being the acquisition of money.
BWW Review: OLYMPIC CHAMPION Melissanidis Performs SISYPHUS to Benefit Special OlympicsBWW Review: OLYMPIC CHAMPION Melissanidis Performs SISYPHUS to Benefit Special Olympics
July 29, 2015

Greek Mythology has always been fascinating to me. Just the idea of these ancient stories of Gods and humans interacting, causing problems, and in turn teaching life lessons has always intrigued me. So when I heard a solo show called SISYPHUS was coming to town for just three performances at Theatre 40, I knew I had to see it. And what an excellent piece of performance art it is!
BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Presented Up Close and Personal at the Long Beach PlayhouseBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Presented Up Close and Personal at the Long Beach Playhouse
July 28, 2015

A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Performed on the intimate thrust stage with no scenery other than a long, thin center platform at the Long Beach Playhouse, the actors enter and exit in many places throughout the audience, often creating a surround sound experience not available on a proscenium stage. This makes it very easy to feel you are a part of the production and biblical history itself. No doubt the effect is thanks to sound designer Larry Mura working with the new system put in place for this production.
BWW Review: PATTERNS Examines Just How Much Can You Take Before You Crack?BWW Review: PATTERNS Examines Just How Much Can You Take Before You Crack?
July 26, 2015

Written by James Reach, adapted from the 1955 teleplay by Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame, PATTERNS, takes an insightful look at corporate politics, examining just how much it takes for an individual to crack in order to succeed financially. Directed with great skill and insight into human foibles and behavior by Jules Aaron (one of Los Angeles' most honored directors, the recipient of over thirty awards for his work, directing over 250 stage and television productions), with a brilliant cast and design team at Theatre 40, the play depicts the emotional wreckage that corporate culture can inflict on individuals to bring them into the fold.
First Look: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns to Rockwell Table & Stage, 8/10First Look: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns to Rockwell Table & Stage, 8/10
July 24, 2015

Fraser Entertainment Group's critically-acclaimed ongoing series AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY returns to Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Monday, August 10 at 8pm, the ninth installment of the successful concert series, produced by Dianne Fraser. Acclaimed musical director Brad Ellis (from the hit television series GLEE, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, etc.) leads a cast of superb singers from Broadway, television, and film.
BWW Review: DUTCHMAN Takes a Journey on a New York Subway Train with Two Lost SoulsBWW Review: DUTCHMAN Takes a Journey on a New York Subway Train with Two Lost Souls
July 23, 2015

Folklore tells us The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. Amiri Baraka's thought-provoking play DUTCHMAN, directed with a sure hand by Levy Lee Simon at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, takes this concept into 1964 when Lula, a young white woman waiting on a New York subway platform, spots Clay, a black businessman, through the passing train's window and decides to join him for no other reason than to entice him to succumb to her physical charms.
BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Celebrates Good Old Fashioned American DreamsBWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Celebrates Good Old Fashioned American Dreams
July 20, 2015

THE MUSIC MAN with Book. Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson continues to be one of the most-loved American musicals of all time, regularly performed on stages across the country. What really makes the Aerospace Players production a joy to behold is the intricate and extremely varied choreography designed by Angela Asch who also portrays Zaneeta "Ye-Gods" Shinn to perfection. Director John Woodcock is to be commended for making sure each of the ensembles members, and there are many of all different ages, get a moment in the spotlight during the show either with a line during the many ensemble numbers or a featured spot while dancing.
BWW Review: IMAGINING BRAD Examines A Tough Subject Few Are Willing to DiscussBWW Review: IMAGINING BRAD Examines A Tough Subject Few Are Willing to Discuss
July 19, 2015

In this absurd, poignant, uncomfortably funny play written by Academy Award nominated Peter Hedges ('What's Eating Gilbert Grape,' 'Pieces of April,' and 'About A Boy') and directed by Clare Carey (NBC Hit 'AQUARIUS'), stars Sirena Irwin and Sarah Randall Hunt portray two women who despite their initial differences grow a unique friendship of compassion, support, and survival. What becomes apparent as we get to know these two women is that IMAGINING BRAD takes a realistic look at the often-disquieting dynamics of domestic violence in the relationships of men and women in contemporary society.
BWW Reviews: DATING: ADULTS EMBRACING FAILURE Proves Even Heartbreak Can Be Hilarious!BWW Reviews: DATING: ADULTS EMBRACING FAILURE Proves Even Heartbreak Can Be Hilarious!
July 17, 2015

Los Angeles-based comedic writers and performers Josh Lanzet and Lindy Voeltner met performing comedy at The Second City in Chicago. While developing a scene together about relationships, its popularity encouraged them to work it into a full show now entitled DATING: ADULTS EMBRACING FAILURE. Grab your friends and be prepared to laugh as you recognize yourselves in the many hilarious vignettes about how love is found and lost in the most ordinary or extraordinary of places and circumstances.
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE Offers a Frolicking Good Time for Everyone!BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE Offers a Frolicking Good Time for Everyone!
July 14, 2015

I have to admit I had never seen the 2001 MGM movie, Legally Blonde before seeing LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica. And I am happy to say it is great fun for all ages in every aspect from the effervescent musical numbers presented by the remarkably energetic cast to the over-the-top bright pink costumes designed by Kristie Rutledge. Director/Musical Director Anne Gesling and choreographer Lauren Blair surely spent hours on end putting together the many incredibly intricate musical numbers, including the momentous "What You Want," Elle's video essay to get into Harvard, which includes at least 3 set changes, several costume changes by dozens of cast members, and many types of dance from tap to jazz. That 12-minute number alone is worth the price of admission on its own!
First Look: Kentwood Players Presents Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, Opening TonightFirst Look: Kentwood Players Presents Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, Opening Tonight
July 10, 2015

Kentwood Players presents Neil Simon's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' from tonight, July 10, through August 15, 2015, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.
FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opening 7/10FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opening 7/10
July 2, 2015

"Brighton Beach Memoirs" is the semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon. It is the first chapter in what is known as his Eugene Trilogy, followed by "Biloxi Blues" and "Broadway Bound." This first play centers on 15 year old Eugene Jerome who lives with his family in Brighton Beach during the height of the Depression in 1937. He has dreams of becoming a star pitcher for the New York Yankees alternating with his growing awareness of girls. Eugene narrates the play with wit and takes us through his memories and reflections of himself and his family as they share their laughter, tears, and love as they navigate the hard times of the depression.
BWW Review: MACBETH Unleashed by the Creative Mind of Michael Keith Allen at the Art of Acting StudioBWW Review: MACBETH Unleashed by the Creative Mind of Michael Keith Allen at the Art of Acting Studio
July 2, 2015

The brilliantly creative mind of Michael Keith Allen has worked wonders with a new re-telling of Shakespeare's MACBETH at the Art of Acting Studio by setting the tragedy in a postmodern Scotland where street thugs battle for leadership as well as territory, while cutting the run time to 90 minutes and allowing the actors to speak without heavy accents, making it easy to understand the dialogue and follow the plot and character development. It is definitely the best rendition of the classic I have ever seen.
BWW Review: AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Sparkles With Selections by Kander and EbbBWW Review: AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Sparkles With Selections by Kander and Ebb
July 1, 2015

From Cabaret to Chicago, the non-stop hit-parade features unforgettable gems including 'Mr. Cellophane,' 'Maybe this Time,' 'Cabaret' and 'New York, New York', all seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre now onstage at Theatre Palisades, directed and choreographed by Victoria Miller with musical direction by Joshua Eli Kranz who also appears onstage accompanying the singers on a lusciously rich-sounding grand piano along with Anthony Barbarotta on drums and percussion. And thanks to Kranz's musical direction, the singers harmonize beautifully throughout the production.
BWW Review: Inventive Staging and Superb Acting Highlight Odyssey Theatre's OEDIPUS MACHINABWW Review: Inventive Staging and Superb Acting Highlight Odyssey Theatre's OEDIPUS MACHINA
June 27, 2015

The wondrous production at the Odyssey Theater begins the moment you walk into the misty other-worldly atmospheric set designed by Keith Mitchell which, along with the dome and water well, has the blind soothsayer Tiresias perched in a woven swing hanging just above the entrance. A large, clear glass orb hangs above the front row with an image of an ancient warrior, soon identified as slain King Laius, within it. The mood is set for a theatrical experience unlike anything you have seen before when it comes to Greek Tragedy!
BWW Reviews: World Premiere Comedy THE LOAD-IN Takes You Behind-the-Scenes With a Rock Band in Small Town AmericaBWW Reviews: World Premiere Comedy THE LOAD-IN Takes You Behind-the-Scenes With a Rock Band in Small Town America
June 24, 2015

Certainly most of us have wanted to follow a band around and be a part of their backstage antics when we were young enough to have the energy to do so. In The Load In at 3 Clubs during the Hollywood Fringe Festival, it is quite a thrill to be in on the action of watching The Wax Robots load in for a performance when everything that can go wrong does, yet it all works out in the end.
BWW Review: Ann Starbuck Shares Her Personal Journey as TIANANMEN ANNIEBWW Review: Ann Starbuck Shares Her Personal Journey as TIANANMEN ANNIE
June 23, 2015

In June 1989, Ann Starbuck was an American student on a year's sojourn in China where she was also working as a production assistant for CNN. When pro-democracy demonstrations broke out in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, she suddenly found herself swept up in the middle of historic events while assisting camera crews; escorting a dissident to a news interview; making forbidden friendships. She was there and now shares her story to remind us how important it is to speak up for human rights.
BWW Reviews: Encore Entertainers Presents a Rousing LES MISERABLESBWW Reviews: Encore Entertainers Presents a Rousing LES MISERABLES
June 22, 2015

Led by the impressive talents of David Mitrano as Jean Valjean and Garrett Chandler as his arch enemy Javert, the cast of nearly 30 performers harmonize beautifully in each and every number, never missing a beat. This is quite a remarkable feat, given the change to recorded tracks two days prior to opening the show. Director Summer Dey Cacciagioni and Music Director Mike Walker are to be commended for sticking to the adage that "the show must go on" and not letting any obstacle stand in their way in presenting this rousing production.
BWW Review: THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO: The Musical Premieres Spectacularly at the Hollywood Fringe FestivalBWW Review: THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO: The Musical Premieres Spectacularly at the Hollywood Fringe Festival
June 16, 2015

The musical expands on the many motifs raised in the novel while offering a fresh perspective on the nearly thousand-paged piece of literature. Originally written as a three-hour production, thankfully the Fringe show has been edited down to two. Those not familiar with the novel, however, may find themselves a bit lost in Act I given all the time shifts between the many scenes, but everything becomes much easier to follow once Act II kicks into gear. Ultimately it is a tale of love, loss, and extreme agony coupled by an undeniable thirst for retribution set in France in the mid-1800's when women's lives were set by the man they married and little else.


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