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: COMPANY Musically Examines the Benefits and Pitfalls of MarriageBWW Review: COMPANY Musically Examines the Benefits and Pitfalls of Marriage
Posted: Mar. 6, 2017


BWW Review: Amazing Performances Highlight A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the GeffenAmazing Performances Highlight A LONG DAY?S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Posted: Feb. 10, 2017


BWW Review: WHITE PEOPLE DRINKING Asks What Would Happen at a Dinner Party if Everyone Told the Truth?WHITE PEOPLE DRINKING Asks What Would Happen if Everyone Told the Truth?
Posted: Feb. 27, 2017


BWW Review: Julia Migenes Lovingly Shares DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC at the Odyssey TheatreBWW Review: Migenes Shares DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC
Posted: Feb. 26, 2017


BWW Review: LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN - One Man. One Mic. 40 Characters. Injustice Revealed.LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN One Man. One Mic. 40 Characters. Injustice.
Posted: Feb. 12, 2017


BWW Review: Brilliant Performances and Glorious Music Highlight 33 VARIATIONS at the Actors Co-Op in HollywoodBWW Review: Brilliant Performances and Glorious Music Highlight 33 VARIATIONS at the Actors Co-Op in Hollywood
Posted: Mar. 7, 2017


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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: George Bernard Shaw's MAJOR BARBARA Aims to Prove Money and Munitions Rule the WorldMAJOR BARBARA Proves Money and Munitions Rule the World
Posted: Jun. 17, 2016


BWW Review: In COCK TALES: Shame on Me! Debra Ehrhardt Honestly Shares Her Sexual AwakeningIn COCK TALES: Shame on Me! Debra Ehrhardt Honestly Shares Her Sexual Awakening
Posted: Aug. 15, 2016


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
Posted: Sep. 23, 2016


BWW Review: COMPANY Musically Examines the Benefits and Pitfalls of MarriageBWW Review: COMPANY Musically Examines the Benefits and Pitfalls of Marriage
Posted: Mar. 6, 2017


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
Posted: Aug. 1, 2016


BWW Review: L.A. Ballet Gloriously Celebrates BALANCHINE: MASTER OF THE DANCEBWW Review: L.A. Ballet Gloriously Celebrates BALANCHINE: MASTER OF THE DANCE
March 19, 2017

Balanchine choreographed 425 works over the course of 60-plus years, and his works are considered masterpieces and performed by ballet companies all over the world. So you can image how thrilled I was to find out Los Angeles Ballet was going to present BALANCHINE: MASTER OF THE DANCE as their final selection of their 2016/2017 season. In it, three of his most outstanding ballet choreographies are presented: Divertimento No. 15 featuring music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Prodigal Son with music by Sergei Prokofiev; and Who Cares? with music by George Gershwin, adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay.

BWW Review: APRIL, MAY & JUNE Examines if Sisters Can Unite After a Family Secret is RevealedBWW Review: APRIL, MAY & JUNE Examines if Sisters Can Unite After a Family Secret is Revealed
March 18, 2017

Theatre 40 is a well-known for presenting superb and very professional World Premiere productions in the Reuben Cordova Theatre on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. Their winning streak continues with APRIL, MAY & JUNE written by Gary Goldstein and directed by Terri Hanauer which continues through April 16, 2017. In it, we meet April, May and June, fortyish sisters all born a year apart. They're Jewish by birth but temperamentally so different, which becomes all the more apparent as they gather in their family home to pack up what is left of their mother's belongings to give to Good Will and discover a hidden family secret among her belongings.

BWW Review: Filter Theatre's Outrageously Musical TWELFTH NIGHT Sparks Roars of LaughterBWW Review: Filter Theatre's Outrageously Musical TWELFTH NIGHT Sparks Roars of Laughter
March 16, 2017

Directed by Filter Theatre's Sean Holmes, with music and sound by Tom Haines and Ross Hughes, TWELFTH NIGHT is a ferocious reimaging of Shakespeare's classic comedy where nothing onstage is hidden and everything is revealed, from cables, costumes, props and more. Six actors, together with two musicians (Alan Pagan & Ross Hughes), perform all the various roles, often interacting directly with the audience as they run up the aisles or take seats next to surprised audience members, several of whom are called up onstage to participate in the show's outrageous antics. And be prepared to enjoy and pass along large boxes of delivery pizza when prompted to do so by the cast.

BWW Review: GOD'S WAITING ROOM Reveals How Telling the Truth Can Set You FreeBWW Review: GOD'S WAITING ROOM Reveals How Telling the Truth Can Set You Free
March 13, 2017

Have you ever felt the presence of someone in a room where you are sitting? How about when you are in an ICU waiting room with a loved one just beyond the door, hanging onto life by a thread? Have you ever experienced that person in the waiting room with you, clearing their mind of regrets as they wait in limbo before passing to the other side? Such is the premise of GOD'S WAITING ROOM, a World Premiere play written by Robert Austin Rossi and directed by David Fofi, produced by The Elephant Theatre Company at the Matrix Theatre through April 4.

BWW Review: EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO Perfectly Combines Two One-Acts and Signing/Speaking ActorsBWW Review: EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO Perfectly Combines Two One-Acts and Signing/Speaking Actors
March 10, 2017

EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO combines Albee's groundbreaking 1959 short play The Zoo Story with his acclaimed prequel Homelife, written in 2004. Together these short plays tell a more complete story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann, and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets in the park. The production marks the first major Albee production in Los Angeles since the 2016 passing of the legendary American Playwright, with Coy Middlebrook directing a cast that includes deaf and hearing actors working in perfect unison.

BWW Review: GOOD GRIEF World Premiere at the Kirk Douglas TheatreBWW Review: GOOD GRIEF World Premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
March 9, 2017

As a way to celebrate International Women's Day this year, I attended the World Premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu's new play GOOD GRIEF at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. The production is directed by Patricia McGregor, with Anyanwu performing as the lead character, Nkechi. This is the first of Anyanwu's plays to receive a full professional production with great techniical credits including an impressive movable set designed by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, costumes designed by Karen Perry, lighting designed by Pablo Santiago, with sound design by Adam Phalen. The cast features, in alphabetical order, Dayo Ade, Wade Allain-Marcus, Ngozi Anyanwu, Marcus Henderson, Omoze Idehenre, Carla Renata and Mark Jude Sullivan.

BWW Review: Brilliant Performances and Glorious Music Highlight 33 VARIATIONS at the Actors Co-Op in HollywoodBWW Review: Brilliant Performances and Glorious Music Highlight 33 VARIATIONS at the Actors Co-Op in Hollywood
March 7, 2017

Often called the greatest set of variations ever written for keyboard, the 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120, commonly known as the Diabelli Variations, was written by Beethoven between 1819 and 1823, the time frame of his life which is examined in the play, told concurrently with a modern-day fictional story of college professor Dr. Katherine Brandt as she ventures to Bonn to complete her research on why the great composer chose to spend so much time working on such a second-rate piece of music. Along the way, we learn these two will give up nothing in order to reach their goals, even though both were suffering great medical challenges threatening to sidetrack their work. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still.

BWW Interview: Director Richard Israel Shares his Vision for Bringing WEST SIDE STORY to the StageBWW Interview: Director Richard Israel Shares his Vision for Bringing WEST SIDE STORY to the Stage
March 7, 2017

As the world prepares for the Centennial of legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein this August, La Mirada Theatre and VPAC present perhaps his greatest musical and one of the most memorable love stories of all time, WEST SIDE STORY. Director Richard Israel shares his vision for the production, as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever, with the thrilling Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score including "Tonight," "Maria," "America" and the classic "Somewhere" remaining one of the best ever written. In it, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City with two lovers, Tony and Maria, caught between warring street gangs; the Italian-American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

BWW Review: COMPANY Musically Examines the Benefits and Pitfalls of MarriageBWW Review: COMPANY Musically Examines the Benefits and Pitfalls of Marriage
March 6, 2017

Over the years, I have seen many productions of COMPANY and am pleased to tell you the current production at the Morgan-Wixson in Santa Monica is by far the best one I have ever seen thanks to the brilliant direction and fabulous casting done by Kristin Towers-Rowles, herself a triple-threat performer who could no doubt shine in any of the musical's roles herself. The entire revival is perfect in all aspects including musical direction by Daniel Koh, the glorious 70s costumes designed by Michael Mullen, the fabulous multi-level New York-inspired set designed by William Wilday, evocative, attention-focusing lighting designed by Donny Jackson, and the fun choreography by Jaime Pierce, which all combine to make this the perfect introduction to Sondheim's body of work.

BWW Review: THE NORMAL HEART Remains a Timeless Call to Action so Needed Right Now!BWW Review: THE NORMAL HEART Remains a Timeless Call to Action so Needed Right Now!
March 4, 2017

Fueled by love, anger, hope and pride, Larry Kramer's masterpiece THE NORMAL HEART centers on a circle of friends struggling to understand and contain a mysterious disease ravaging New York's gay community and one man's fight to awaken the world to the urgency of the situation. The guest production at the Chromolume Theater is magnificently directed by Marilyn McIntye on the small stage, a large part of which is due to the 5 moveable set pieces designed by David Mauer which are moved about to create all the different rooms so necessary for the production. Set changes are inspirational to watch, choreographed like a ballet down to the slightest detail.

BWW Review: Rain Pryor Shares Hysterical and Poignant Tales of Her Biracial Upbringing in FRIED CHICKEN & LATKESBWW Review: Rain Pryor Shares Hysterical and Poignant Tales of Her Biracial Upbringing in FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES
March 3, 2017

American audiences first met Rain Pryor as television's first biracial child on "Head of the Class." Los Angeles audiences can now meet her up close and personal during her new solo play, FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES, in which Richard Pryor's talented daughter shares many of her childhood memories as the offspring of show business royalty, growing up African-American and Jewish in Beverly Hills during the tumultuous years when a biracial child faced prejudice from both sides of the fence. Her fascinating tales are filled with pain, poignancy, purpose, and lots of laughter as she portrays her father, mother, grandparents, and many other colorful characters who assisted her along the way to personal acceptance and adulthood.

BWW Review: Innovative 946: THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo Dazzles at the WallisBWW Review: Innovative 946: THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo Dazzles at the Wallis
March 2, 2017

If you were amazed and dazzled by the puppetry in War Horse, be sure to grab tickets for the remaining performances 946 before it leaves town! 946 is a tender coming-of-age tale that uncovers the secrets behind World War II's D-Day landings. Set in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton Sands, the lives of Lily, her family, and her fiercely independent cat Tips are barely touched by war until American soldiers occupy their house and surrounding land. With a live onstage swing band, enchanting puppetry and Kneehigh's signature stage sorcery, director Emma Rice configures a story of love, war and prejudice that crosses borders both geographical and generational.

BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID Musically Encourages Everyone to Follow Their DreamBWW Review: FOREVER PLAID Musically Encourages Everyone to Follow Their Dream
February 28, 2017

FOREVER PLAID by Stuart Ross is a musical that lends itself to offering audiences a goofy, charming musical escape, and is considered one of the most popular and successful off-Broadway musicals in history. Having never before seen a production of it, I have always been curious why those who have either been in a production or seen the show are such outspoken fans of it. Those involved with the show speak of the 'brotherhood of Plaid' that exists between those who have performed or directed the show previously, with the understanding that if called upon at any time to take part in a production of the musical, it would be a crime to not jump in and make the show an audience favorite. So when I was invited to the current production at the International City Theatre in Long Beach, I jumped at the chance to see what all the fuss is about.

BWW Review: WHITE PEOPLE DRINKING Asks What Would Happen at a Dinner Party if Everyone Told the Truth?BWW Review: WHITE PEOPLE DRINKING Asks What Would Happen at a Dinner Party if Everyone Told the Truth?
February 27, 2017

Writer, Daniel Sugimoto has always tried to push past our standard social interactions, which are based on the rules of politeness, in order to have real human interactions instead. His latest play, WHITE PEOPLE DRINKING, which is NOT a musical, is all about those honest conversations during a dinner party with 3 very different couples, each of whom wind up speaking what is really on their minds after the free-flowing drinks loosen their tongues. All the topical taboo scenarios we fear on a silver platter are brought to light in fits of wit and whimsy, often so fast that you may feel your head is spinning trying to catch all the sarcasm as it flies past your ears. Imagine sitting down to dinner with friends, enjoying a few drinks and then really saying what is on your mind including secrets, opinions, and unfiltered drunk words. Would your friendships survive?

BWW Review: Julia Migenes Lovingly Shares DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC at the Odyssey TheatreBWW Review: Julia Migenes Lovingly Shares DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC at the Odyssey Theatre
February 26, 2017

Celebrated soprano Julia Migenes has returned to L.A. with the world premiere of DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC, her newest musical portrait of legendary French composer Claude Debussy. Her exploration of his life - his youth, his determination to find his own musical path while battling the more conservative musical world, and his great wit - begins with his actual letters, then integrates his music. Accompanied on piano by Manuel Arellano, currently a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at El Camino College whose fingers literally fly over the keys, the show is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak who allows Ms. Migenes to shine brilliantly whether she is reading, singing, or interacting with the audience.

FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Opens BIG FISH, a new Broadway Musical, on March 17FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Opens BIG FISH, a new Broadway Musical, on March 17
February 19, 2017

Kentwood Players proudly presents the new Broadway musical "BIG FISH" with Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa and Book by John August, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia motion picture written by John August, opening Friday, March 17 through Saturday, April 22, 2017 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. Pre-show sweets and champagne receptions will take place from 7:00-7:30pm on opening night March 17 for members and their guests, and on Saturday, March 18 for subscribers and their guests.

BWW Review: Oh What a Night with CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION at the Broad StageBWW Review: Oh What a Night with CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION at the Broad Stage
February 14, 2017

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica recently presented the one and only spectacular Broadway legend Chita Rivera in a unique, one-night solo concert event - CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION, and I can honestly tell you the girl's still got it and knows exactly how to use it to bring Broadway magic to the stage! The incomparable Tony Award winner recreated signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from Sweet Charity, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Rink, The Visit, and from her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story which brought her the stardom she so richly deserves.

BWW Review: LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN - One Man. One Mic. 40 Characters. Injustice Revealed.BWW Review: LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN - One Man. One Mic. 40 Characters. Injustice Revealed.
February 12, 2017

The Actors' Gang is presenting the groundbreaking multimedia production LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN, a solo show written and performed by Bryonn Bain and directed by Gina Belafonte, which tells Bryonn Bain's true story of racial profiling and wrongful incarceration at the hands of New York City police and how this experience led to a transformative friendship with death row inmate Nanon Williams. Bain weaves the voices of over 40 characters into an extraordinary, internationally acclaimed tour de force production featuring a live band, performing a fusion of hip hop, theater, spoken word, rhythm and blues, calypso and classical music, to tell Bain's story.

BWW Review: Amazing Performances Highlight A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the GeffenBWW Review: Amazing Performances Highlight A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Geffen
February 10, 2017

Los Angeles audiences now have the chance to see brilliant performances as The Geffen Playhouse is presenting O'Neill's masterpiece featuring Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek and Tony nominee Alfred Molina as leads Mary Cavan Tyrone and James Tyrone, along with Angela Goethals as Cathleen, Stephen Louis Grush as James Tyrone, Jr., and Colin Woodell as Edmund Tyrone. This production marks the first major staging of the classic play in Los Angeles in nearly a decade, and even though it runs almost three and a half hours, each of the actors give amazing performances, making even the longest of scenes riveting to watch thanks to Jeanie Hackett's direction and the actors' skills.

BWW Review: World Premiere Play FUGU Recounts a World War II Immigration Tale Full of Danger and Romantic IntrigueBWW Review: World Premiere Play FUGU Recounts a World War II Immigration Tale Full of Danger and Romantic Intrigue
February 8, 2017

The story of FUGU, a world premiere play written by Howard Teichman and Steven G. Simon which Teichman also directs and produces, takes place at a time just prior to the United States' entry into World War II. Suggested by true events, it recounts the efforts of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who assisted in getting 6000 Lithuanian Jews rescued from the clutches of the Nazis and relocated to Kobe, Japan, and the choices which had to be made to ensure their safety.



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