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: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Centers on a Family Reunion You Don't Want to Miss!VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Centers on a Family Reunion You Don’t Want to Miss!
Posted: Nov. 10, 2016


BWW Review: World Premiere Musical LETTERS TO EVE Shares WWII Memories Written to Loved Ones.World Premiere Musical LETTERS TO EVE
Posted: Nov. 12, 2016


BWW Review:  RAGTIME Celebrates the Search for Freedom and Equality at the Turn of the 20th CenturyRAGTIME Celebrates the Search for Freedom and Equality
Posted: Nov. 17, 2016


BWW Review: Paul Linke's IT'S TIME Reminds Us to Focus on the Future, not Live in the Past.Paul Linke’s IT’S TIME Reminds Us to Focus on the Future
Posted: Nov. 9, 2016


BWW Review: SYLVIA Opens Up a Dog's Mind to Reveal What Makes a Truly Loving CompanionBWW Review: SYLVIA at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Posted: Nov. 5, 2016


BWW Review: NEVERMORE Offers a Unique Poe-Inspired Bus Tour of Historic Places Along the Valley's Orange LineNEVERMORE Offers a Unique Poe-Inspired Bus Tour
Posted: Nov. 1, 2016


BWW Review: WAITING FOR GRACE Poses the Question: What if True Love Never Happens or What if it Does?WAITING FOR GRACE Poses the Question: What if True Love Never Happens?
Posted: Nov. 28, 2016


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Posted: Nov. 10, 2016


BWW Review: THE WIZ Eases its Way Down the Road to Brilliance at Hamilton High SchoolBWW Review: THE WIZ Eases its Way Down the Road to Brilliance at Hamilton High School
Posted: Feb. 19, 2016


BWW Review: George Bernard Shaw's MAJOR BARBARA Aims to Prove Money and Munitions Rule the WorldMAJOR BARBARA Proves Money and Munitions Rule the World
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BWW Review: THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE Beautifully Tells a Tale of Romantic Love and Spiritual LongingTHE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE Tells the Tale of Romantic Love & Longing
Posted: Jun. 25, 2016


BWW Review: CASTING CONFESSIONS FROM La to LA Uncovers Amy Snowden's Outlandish Journey from Innocence to Happy Endings!CASTING CONFESSIONS FROM La to LA , Innocence to Happy Endings
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BWW Review: Hershey Felder Magnificently Channels Leonard Bernstein in MAESTROHershey Felder Magnificently Channels Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO
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BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS Musically Brings Mad Men to Life OnstageHOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS Musically Brings Mad Men to Life Onstage
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BWW Review: O'Neill's A TOUCH OF THE POET Reveals Volcanic Forces Stewing in an Irish Tavern in 1828BWW Review: O'Neill's A TOUCH OF THE POET Reveals Volcanic Forces Stewing in an Irish Tavern in 1828
December 5, 2016

Eugene O'Neill is the only American playwright ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and he is a four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1920 and 1943, he completed 20 long plays, with several of them double and triple length. And unfortunately, the current Pacific Resident production comes in at over 3 hours, a trying time for a play with such dramatic verbiage that it is necessary to pay full attention throughout since O'Neill's brilliant writing is both incredibly introspective yet often very repetitive. So be sure not to eat a huge meal before attending so the urge to fall asleep does not overtake you.

BWW Review: 21st Annual Youth Musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE a Big Hit at the Morgan-WixsonBWW Review: 21st Annual Youth Musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE a Big Hit at the Morgan-Wixson
December 2, 2016

Surely most theatre folks have seen productions of the fabulous musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, making the show the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway, based on the original story and screenplay by Richard Morris for the 1967 Universal Pictures film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, the current production directed by Anne Gesling for the Y.E.S. Youth/Teen Program at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre is just as good as many adult production I have seen, given the cast's talent, Gesling's spot-on fast-paced direction and fabulous 1920's costuming, Daniel Koh's musical direction creating wonderful cast harmonies, and creative choreography by Lauren Blair.

BWW Review: SINATRA 101 Puts You at the Sands with Frank and his Big BandBWW Review: SINATRA 101 Puts You at the Sands with Frank and his Big Band
November 29, 2016

As a lifelong fan of Frank Sinatra thanks in part to my Mom being one of the bobbysoxers who fawned over him as I did for the Beatles, I was thrilled to jump at the chance to attend SINATRA 101 at the El Portal in Noho on November 26, 2016 at one of the 2 shows they did that date. Since 2011, Matt Mauser and the 101 Big Band led by Pete Jacobs have been playing Frank Sinatra's greatest hits with high-octane arrangements. Their collaboration captures Sinatra at the height of his career at the Sands Hotel in early 1966, backed by Quincy Jones conducting the Count Basie Orchestra.

BWW Review: WAITING FOR GRACE Poses the Question: What if True Love Never Happens or What if it Does?BWW Review: WAITING FOR GRACE Poses the Question: What if True Love Never Happens or What if it Does?
November 28, 2016

Theatre Planners presents the world premiere of WAITING FOR GRACE, an award-winning comedy by Sharon Sharth, as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre, directed by Lee Costello. Centering on a woman who wants to have it all, a great career, marriage and children with the perfect husband, but just seems to waste her life with men who don't want what she does. And when she finally meets the right man, what if her fear of abandonment prevents her from ever accepting she has finally found the right man?

BWW Review: UNBOUND Examines How Far Some Will Go in Their Quest for a More Perfect UnionBWW Review: UNBOUND Examines How Far Some Will Go in Their Quest for a More Perfect Union
November 26, 2016

With so much social and political upheaval taking place right now in America, it seems to be the perfect time for IAMA Theatre Company to present the World Premiere of UNBOUND, written by D.G. Watson and directed by Jennifer Chambers at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood. Taking place in the fall of 2011, UNBOUND examines the intersection of race, sex, and power by posing the question: "How far are we willing to go in our quest for a more perfect Union?"

BWW Review: ICEBERGS Addresses Global Warming, Family Planning, and Movie Dreams Hatching in Silver LakeBWW Review: ICEBERGS Addresses Global Warming, Family Planning, and Movie Dreams Hatching in Silver Lake
November 26, 2016

Westwood's Geffen Playhouse is presenting the World Premiere of ICEBERGS written by Alena Smith and directed by Randall Arney through December 18. This biting new play is set in the Silver Lake community of Los Angeles, California, where the weather is always nice and the future looks brightat least on the surface. This acerbic, affectionate and affecting world premiere comedy takes place on a warm November night, centering on a new generation of thirtysomethings as they navigate filmmaking, family planning, and global warming, all the while trying to put down roots before everything melts away. They cross each other's paths like icebergs, ever moving on their own currents as they melt away into nothingness.

BWW Review: THE CONSUL, THE TRAMP AND AMERICA'S SWEETHEART Reminds Us What Democracy is Really About in AmericaBWW Review: THE CONSUL, THE TRAMP AND AMERICA'S SWEETHEART Reminds Us What Democracy is Really About in America
November 22, 2016

Now onstage at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, THE CONSUL, THE TRAMP AND AMERICA'S SWEETHEART tells a tale suggested by true events in the United Artist office of Mary Pickford that took place with Charlie Chaplin and Georg Gyssling, German Consul in Los Angeles and a Nazi party member, to discuss the upcoming production of Chaplin's film "The Great Dictator" and whether or not it should even be made. This meeting, witnessed by Pickford's novice secretary, Esther Hollombe (who turns out to be Jewish), would change all of their lives forever.

BWW Review: THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE Explores What it Takes to Unravel a Mid-Life CrisisBWW Review: THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE Explores What it Takes to Unravel a Mid-Life Crisis
November 20, 2016

With more than twenty-five plays, three screenplays and numerous books to his credit, American actor, screenwriter, playwright and female impersonator Charles Busch is known for his appearances on stage in his own camp style plays and in film and television. His offbeat comedy "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" is probably his best-known and most "normal" play, which was a hit on Broadway running for more than 700 performances. It was nominated for several Tony awards including Best Play (Mr. Busch), Best Actress (Linda Lavin) and Best Featured Actress (Michele Lee), and can now be seen onstage at Theatre Palisades' Pierson Playhouse through December 11.

BWW Review:  RAGTIME Celebrates the Search for Freedom and Equality at the Turn of the 20th CenturyBWW Review: RAGTIME Celebrates the Search for Freedom and Equality at the Turn of the 20th Century
November 17, 2016

RAGTIME: The Musical, currently being presented brilliantly by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center through December 4, 2016, is set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York. Based on the classic E. L. Doctorow novel, featuring a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally, RAGTIME weaves together three distinctly American tales -- that of a stifled suburban mother represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; Tateh, an inventive Jewish immigrant from Latvia; and Coalhouse Walker Jr., a daring young Harlem musician - all united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future in America at the turn of the 20th Century.

BWW Review: JOHN MUELLER'S WINTER DANCE PARTY Shares the Excitement of Early Roll and RollBWW Review: JOHN MUELLER'S WINTER DANCE PARTY Shares the Excitement of Early Roll and Roll
November 16, 2016

On February 3, 1959, after performing together on the Winter Dance Party Tour, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The three, together with pilot Roger Peterson who also perished, were attempting to make it to their next stop by plane rather than travel by bus during a raging snowstorm. The event later became known as 'The Day the Music Died' after singer-songwriter Don McLean so referred to it in his 1971 song 'American Pie.' And although I was too young at the time to really understand what their deaths meant to the world of early rock and roll, I certainly appreciate the music they left behind that will live on as long as others continue to spin the tunes and keep imitating these rock and roll icons onstage.

BWW Review: World Premiere Musical LETTERS TO EVE Shares WWII Memories Written to Loved Ones.BWW Review: World Premiere Musical LETTERS TO EVE Shares WWII Memories Written to Loved Ones.
November 12, 2016

LETTERS TO EVE has been a 7-year labor of love for Daniel Sugimoto, which he started writing for his grandmother, Midori Sugimoto, who grew up in an American Concentration Camp during WWII. Even through their incarceration, Japanese Americans continued on living, loving, and laughing, all life aspects beautifully portrayed through Sugimoto's story and music, especially since he plays the score live onstage during every performance. This epic WWII musical follows a Japanese American family and their plight through forced incarceration and an African American jazz musician captured during Germany's occupation of France, all expressed through the powerful spirit of music. Sugimoto acknowledges, 'In America's current political situation, I also wanted to speak to the fact there are flickers of history repeating, and it is important to hear the lessons of the past to make a better future.'

BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Centers on a Family Reunion You Don't Want to Miss!BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Centers on a Family Reunion You Don't Want to Miss!
November 10, 2016

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE by Christopher Durang won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for the Broadway production of this show. Having never seen the comedy before, I was thrilled to find out a production was taking place at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica and rushed to arrange my tickets. And now I can understand why the show got so many rave reviews in the past and am happy to add mine to them.

BWW Review: Paul Linke's IT'S TIME Reminds Us to Focus on the Future, not Live in the Past.BWW Review: Paul Linke's IT'S TIME Reminds Us to Focus on the Future, not Live in the Past.
November 9, 2016

Given the uproar in our society today, it's the perfect time to get to the Ruskin Group Theatre for the World Premiere of IT'S TIME written and performed by Paul Linke and directed with great insight into personal acceptance and growth by Edward Edwards. I walked out of the theater in tears, convinced the way to celebrate and live my life in celebration is to look to the future with love and hope, and not live convinced the way to more forward is by focusing on the disappointments seen in rear-view mirror of my life.

BWW Review: SYLVIA Opens Up a Dog's Mind to Reveal What Makes a Truly Loving CompanionBWW Review: SYLVIA Opens Up a Dog's Mind to Reveal What Makes a Truly Loving Companion
November 5, 2016

In the 1995 comedy SYLVIA by A.R. Gurney, married couple Greg (Steve Howard revisiting the role he played with Tanna in 2011) and Kate (appropriately named Beege Barkette) are empty-nesters in the big city. In the opening scene, Greg and Sylvia arrive home after meeting in the park where Sylvia, a bouncy, frisky poodle mix, literally adopted Greg. Tanna jumps up and down, running around just as a new dog inside a home would react, her nervousness and excitement leading her to smell every single inch of the place, leave a liquid deposit, and then remind her new companion over and over again how he is her God she will love and respect forever - as long as he never hits her.

BWW Review: Vicua Brings 2016 Election Politics and Backstabbing Into Focus
November 3, 2016

The world premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's 'Vicua,' directed by Robert Egan, recently opened at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, just in time to present an interesting take on this year's presidential election happening next week. After show discussion revealed Baitz writes daily updates to the script, obviously influenced by the evolving political landscape, thus making the satire a very relevant tale of what might be happening behind the scenes in this year's hotly contested election.

BWW Review: NEVERMORE Offers a Unique Poe-Inspired Bus Tour of Historic Places Along the Valley's Orange LineBWW Review: NEVERMORE Offers a Unique Poe-Inspired Bus Tour of Historic Places Along the Valley's Orange Line
November 1, 2016

As a life-long fan of Edgar Allan Poe and site-specific theater, I jumped at the chance to attend NEVERMORE, a one-of-a-kind guided tour experience by Metro bus through the San Fernando Valley. Billed as a unique Halloween experience taking place only on Saturday, October 29 celebrating Edgar Allan Poe and the San Fernando Valley, audience members accompanied by a tour guide travelled along METRO's Orange Line each hour from 11am to 3pm. Each tour commenced at the Van Nuys Civic Plaza, and traversed through Laurel Canyon shops and the Eclectic Company Theatre, and culminated at North Hollywood Park.

BWW Review: In UNDERNEATH, Pat Kinevane Will Inspire You to Just Go Out and LIVE Your Life Without FearBWW Review: In UNDERNEATH, Pat Kinevane Will Inspire You to Just Go Out and LIVE Your Life Without Fear
October 25, 2016

During the West Coast premiere of UNDERNEATH by Olivier Award winner Pat Kinevane, be prepared to be called upon and repeatedly referred to during the show if you challenge the audience's attention by unwrapping candy during his performance, drop something on the floor, or just happen to be seated in the front row. That's because Kinevane wants you to pay attention to the play's theme, that "you can never know what might be around the next corner so go out and LIVE your life," he begs of us. With his otherworldly appearance, completely covered in black clothing and face paint highlighted with gold, there is no way you won't pay attention to his mesmerizing performance on a darkened set highlighted with pieces of gold lame which he often uses to reflect light onto the audience.

BWW Review: Los Angeles Ballet's 11th Season Opens Spectacularly with Modernists/Ballet VisionariesBWW Review: Los Angeles Ballet's 11th Season Opens Spectacularly with Modernists/Ballet Visionaries
October 24, 2016

Los Angeles Ballet's eleventh season celebrates the masters and introduces LA to a new choreographer that is changing the dance landscape. The season opened with Modernists/Ballet Visionaries which features works of three icons of their time: August Bournonville, 1805-79, creator of the Danish Bournonville style of ballet, still vibrant today; George Balanchine, 1904-82, Master choreographer who transformed American dance and created modern American ballet; Aszure Barton, contemporary choreographer who is leading ballet into rich, new territory. The program includes Bournonville's Napoli Pas de Six and Tarantella, Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto and the Los Angeles Ballet Premiere of Barton's Untouched (2010).

FIRST LOOK: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the Westchester Playhouse opens 11/11FIRST LOOK: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the Westchester Playhouse opens 11/11
October 16, 2016

Kentwood Players proudly presents the wickedly inspired musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN with book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, opening Friday, November 11 through Saturday, December 17, 2016 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90045. The production is directed and choreographed by Alison Mattiza, assisted by Musical Director Catherine Rahm and Assistant Director Valerie Ruel, produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.

BWW Review: WICKED LIT 2016 Continues to Thrill and Chill Audiences During its 8th Annual ProductionBWW Review: WICKED LIT 2016 Continues to Thrill and Chill Audiences During its 8th Annual Production
October 11, 2016

Each October for the past several years, I have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the Halloween Season by attending WICKED LIT, produced by Unbound Productions at the spooky Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery in Altadena. This year audiences are being treated to three World Premiere short plays staged at various locations indoors and outside (yes, it is dark as you walk among the standing headstones with werewolves howling in the distance). When you arrive, you are issued a program on which there is either a red, yellow or green sticker denoting in which group you will view the three plays with a running time of almost 3 hours, including a pre-show and two intervals during which all audience members meet at Camp Mountain View, the outdoor staging area for the evening.



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