Robert Barossi

Robert Barossi Robert Barossi has worked in just about every possible job in professional theater, from actor to stage manager to company manager to box office and house manager. This has included time spent immersed in the theater and arts scenes in places like Philadelphia, D.C., Boston and Rhode Island. He has also been a staff writer for Motif Magazine in Rhode Island, writing reviews, previews and features, for six years, leaving the publication just recently. Though not working in professional theater currently, he continues to work on being an aspiring playwright and getting to as much theater as possible.


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Lyric Theatre's Exceptional FUN HOME is a Must-SeeLyric Theatre's Exceptional FUN HOME is a Must-See
Posted: Apr. 15, 2018


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BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic CenterBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic Center
Posted: Jul. 12, 2017


BWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its FinestBWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its Finest
Posted: Jun. 13, 2017


Lyric Theatre Rocks the Plaza With Spectacular ROCK OF AGESLyric Theatre Rocks the Plaza With Spectacular ROCK OF AGES
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017


Stroll Down Memory Lane with CityRep's A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINEStroll Down Memory Lane with CityRep's A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE
Posted: Sep. 16, 2017


Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Begins Season with Hilarious TAMING OF THE SHREWOklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Begins Season with Hilarious TAMING OF THE SHREW
Posted: Jun. 19, 2017


Lyric Theatre's Exceptional FUN HOME is a Must-SeeLyric Theatre's Exceptional FUN HOME is a Must-See
Posted: Apr. 15, 2018


BWW Review: Pollard Theatre Brings A TERRITORIAL CHRISTMAS CAROL Back for 30th YearBWW Review: Pollard Theatre Brings A TERRITORIAL CHRISTMAS CAROL Back for 30th Year
Posted: Nov. 26, 2017


Lyric Theatre's Exceptional FUN HOME is a Must-SeeLyric Theatre's Exceptional FUN HOME is a Must-See
April 15, 2018

There are many musicals that are known as classis, which are beloved or have stood the test of time for years and years. They are the old familiars, the standards, which we go back to time and time again. On the other hand, there are always new and exciting musicals coming onto the scene every year, to widely varying degrees of success. One recent musical that may become a classic one day is Fun Home, now receiving it's Oklahoma premiere with a mesmerizing and riveting production at Lyric Theatre's Plaza stage.

Lyric Theatre's JUNIE B. JONES Goes to the Head of the ClassLyric Theatre's JUNIE B. JONES Goes to the Head of the Class
March 18, 2018

Oklahoma City's Lyric Theatre has a well-deserved reputation for their all-around high production values and high quality in their plays and musicals. They bring those same standards of excellence to their family-friendly fare, such as the recent excellent James and the Giant Peach and the currently running Junie B. Jones: The Musical. Providing this kind of quality theatrical experience for young audiences is extremely important as theater audiences get older and theaters must compete against so many other options for the attention of younger audience members. A show like Junie B. Jones is the perfect introduction to theater for young kids and just might help to build a love of theater in them that lasts a lifetime.

Pollard Mounts Excellent Production of A FEW GOOD MENPollard Mounts Excellent Production of A FEW GOOD MEN
February 19, 2018

Before writer/director Aaron Sorkin became best known for tv shows like The West Wing and Newsroom and movies such as The Social Network and Steve Jobs, he penned a stage play that may be more famous as a movie. Sorkin worked on the movie version of his script for A Few Good Men, a play which has more than stood the test of time as a highly entertaining piece of theater that also raises important themes surrounding power, who wields it, and how they use it. It's also getting a first-rate production right now at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie.

BWW Review: Hats Off to Lyric Theatre's Stellar Production of CROWNSBWW Review: Hats Off to Lyric Theatre's Stellar Production of CROWNS
February 9, 2018

Some musicals or plays can be a little bit difficult to pin down or describe and Regina Taylor's Crowns, now playing at Lyric Theatre's Plaza stage is in that category. The program's Director's Notes say, in part, that the musical is "presented as a jukebox musical," which it is in that it uses previously recorded songs woven into a plot, but that doesn't tell the whole story. To say that it's a "show about hats," would be a huge oversimplification and a disservice to a show that is so much more than that.

CityRep's HEISENBERG Sparkles at Civic Center's CitySpace StageCityRep's HEISENBERG Sparkles at Civic Center's CitySpace Stage
February 4, 2018

Writing a successful play with only two actors and very minimal technical elements can be quite a challenge. How do you maintain the energy? Keep the plot driving forward? Hold the audience's interest and attention? Playwright Simon Stephens has accepted and answers those challenges with his surprising and stellar play, Heisenberg, now receiving a production from CityRep at the Civic Center's CitySpace venue.

BWW Review: Mesmerizing, Gorgeous THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL Makes Stop at Civic CenterBWW Review: Mesmerizing, Gorgeous THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL Makes Stop at Civic Center
January 4, 2018

Any truly great piece of theater (or film or art or music or a book) is both timely and timeless, reaching out across many generations and diverse populations to deliver a universal human message that anyone can understand and relate to. You would be hard pressed to find a better example of this than The Color Purple: The Musical, currently making a stop along on its Broadway tour at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.

BWW Review: Lyric's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Brings Holiday Magic to Life on its Plaza StageBWW Review: Lyric's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Brings Holiday Magic to Life on its Plaza Stage
November 30, 2017

The holidays are an undeniable magical time for many people. Whether it's the bright, twinkling holiday lights, the music of holiday carols, the traditional foods of the season, giving and receiving gifts, or spending time with friends and loved ones, there is something special, something magical, about the holiday season. A theatrical stage is also a magical place, where our imaginations come to life, live and in color. Where anything, it seems, is possible and anything can and often does happen. So it's fitting that in a theater is where some of the most spectacular and entertaining holiday magic can and will be found. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's annual production of A Christmas Carol, as flawed as it may be, proves just how impressive and spectacular that theatrical holiday magic can be.

BWW Review: Pollard Theatre Brings A TERRITORIAL CHRISTMAS CAROL Back for 30th YearBWW Review: Pollard Theatre Brings A TERRITORIAL CHRISTMAS CAROL Back for 30th Year
November 26, 2017

Anywhere you live in the country, there is at least one theater doing it during the holidays at least one theater that has a production known for being the region's big, must-see holiday event. Our part of the country is no different, as there are a few different productions of A Christmas Carol running this month, including some that have been ongoing for some time. In Guthrie, A Territorial Christmas Carol has been an annual family traditions for thirty years. As with many versions of the story, this one adapts it for a different time period, taking it out of Dickensian England and placing it at another moment in history. In keeping with Guthrie's proud history, that moment is the time when Oklahoma was at its youngest, not long after the land run of 1889, when Guthrie was the capital of the new territory, years before it would become a state.

OKC Broadway Brings 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT to the Civic CenterOKC Broadway Brings 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT to the Civic Center
November 8, 2017

Major Broadway musicals are bound to have many different incarnations over time, from early workshops to original runs to revivals and regional productions. Shows that stand the test of time, the way that Rent does, appear on the stage in touring productions, long, open-ended runs, and international productions all over the world. The current tour that's travelling the country, heralded as the 20th Anniversary Tour and currently running at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City, is a mostly disappointing production that doesn't really do the show as a whole the justice it deserves.

Pollard's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is a Breathtaking Rock N Roll Experience Not to Be MissedPollard's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is a Breathtaking Rock N Roll Experience Not to Be Missed
October 21, 2017

Some shows can challenge a review when it comes to whether or not to recommend a particular production. There can sometimes be long internal debates about whether or not to advise audiences to spend their hard earned money buying those tickets. That is not the case with the Pollard Theatre Company's current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. No waffling or wavering here. The best advice about this particular production can be summed up in three words: See. This. Show.

Lyric Theatre Rocks the Plaza With Spectacular ROCK OF AGESLyric Theatre Rocks the Plaza With Spectacular ROCK OF AGES
October 12, 2017

There are few decades that elicit the kind of immediate, emotional and visceral response that you get when you mention the 1980s to anyone who was around during that era. There's just something about the 80s. The movies, the pop culture, the music, the politics, everything that went on during that decade seems to be somehow extra unique or extra special, especially to those who lived during those times. The hair band glam rock of the 80s gets the musical treatment in Rock of Ages, now running at the Lyric Theatre's home on the Plaza.

Stroll Down Memory Lane with CityRep's A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINEStroll Down Memory Lane with CityRep's A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE
September 16, 2017

There have been many great singers who left an indelible mark on the music industry and who created music that has stood the test of time long after their voices fell silent. Among them is an undeniable country music legend who changed the game in many ways and blazed a trail for numerous female country artists to follow, the incomparable Patsy Cline. Although her life and career were cut tragically short in 1963, Cline's music and voice are still instantly recognizable and her impact is still felt in the country music world even today. To open their season, CityRep is currently presenting a show that provides a window into the life of the legendary singer and a chance to hear many of her most beloved songs, sung live on stage. While A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline does succeed in bringing to life those songs in quite spectacular fashion, the show as a whole is a mixed bag, an odd combination of disparate and at times frustrating elements that never really gel into a cohesive whole.

BWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic CenterBWW Review: Lyric Theatre's DISNEY'S WHEN YOU WISH Brings Must-See Magic to the Civic Center
July 12, 2017

It's undeniable that just saying the word 'Disney' conjures up an instant image, thought or feeling in a person's mind and maybe heart as well. The world created by Walt Disney has become a worldwide empire spanning everything from amusement parks to movies to merchandise of all kinds. Much of that involves iconic and beloved characters, many from beloved animated movies. The movies and their characters have been around a long time and are instantly recognizable. But if you thought you could never experience them in an entirely new and different way, Lyric Theatre is here to prove you wrong. Their production of Disney's When You Wish takes those magical movie moments and brings them to life in an entirely spectacular new way.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Begins Season with Hilarious TAMING OF THE SHREWOklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Begins Season with Hilarious TAMING OF THE SHREW
June 19, 2017

The works of William Shakespeare can be some of the most challenging plays for any company to produce. One of the potential hurdles is whether or not to change or alter the play to make it 'more accessible' to modern audiences. Some will argue that no such changes need to ever happen because the plays are as accessible and relatable today as they have always been. Others say modern audiences need help to grasp the play's language and its meaning. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is taking on these challenges in their rollicking and entertaining production of Taming of the Shrew, now playing on the stage at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

BWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its FinestBWW Review: Pollard's BRING IT ON is Campy Fun at its Finest
June 13, 2017

Often, an audience member goes into a show with a certain set of expectations in mind. If you're seeing Shakespeare, you expect sonnets and iambic pentameter. If you're seeing Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams, you expect searing drama and representations of real, recognizable people and their very human problems. If you are seeing Bring It On: the Musical, based on the cult-favorite movie of the same name, you expect camp, fun, nothing to be taken too seriously and some excellent dance and cheerleading. All of that and more is found in the infectiously enjoyable production of Bring It On now running at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie.

THE LION KING Tour Brings Spectacular Theatrical Magic to Civic CenterTHE LION KING Tour Brings Spectacular Theatrical Magic to Civic Center
May 14, 2017

Since the dawn of theater, even in it's most nascent forms, audiences have marveled at spectacular moments brought to life on stage. Throughout their history, plays and musicals haveutilized the talents of theater artists and professionals to do what may have seemed impossible. Today, modern technology makes it possible to dig even deeper into our imaginations and bring to life what's found there. Few shows have excitedand fulfilled our collective imagination the way The Lion King has and the touring production currently playing at the Civic Center remains as spectacular as ever.

BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at Pollard Theatre Company is Not to be MissedBWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at Pollard Theatre Company is Not to be Missed
April 16, 2017

It's never a good idea to say that anything is a sure thing. On the other hand, when the creative team behind the Broadway smash The Producers put the show together, it must have seemed just a little bit like it could be a sure thing. You had the comic genius of Mel Brooks creating a musical based on his own hysterical movie, with the help of other Broadway heavy hitters like Susan Stroman, who directed and choreographed the original production, as well as major stars like Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The show went on to become one of the biggest hits in modern Broadway memory and the current production at the Pollard Theatre loses none of what made the original such an enormous success.

BWW Review: Talented Cast Sails into SOUTH PACIFIC at Jewel Box TheatreBWW Review: Talented Cast Sails into SOUTH PACIFIC at Jewel Box Theatre
April 16, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein shows are known for being of a certain type. They are rarely whatmight be called small or minimalist and it would be tricky for any theater to do minimalist versions of most of them. These are shows that often have the word big attached to them and for a smaller sized theater with somewhat limited resources to attempt one of these big shows isan ambitious effort. Jewel Box Theatre is currently trying to do just that witha fully staged production of one of these shows, South Pacific, and the attempt ends upwith highlymixed results.

BWW Interview: OKC Broadway's Elizabeth Gray on Bringing Variety and World Class Entertainment to Civic Center Music HallBWW Interview: OKC Broadway's Elizabeth Gray on Bringing Variety and World Class Entertainment to Civic Center Music Hall
April 7, 2017

If you caught the recent touring productions of Pippin or Motown: The Musical at Civic Center Music Hall, you've also been part of the firstseason for OKC Broadway presenting Broadway productions at the Music Hall. This young organization, formed through a partnership between the Civic Center Music Hall Foundation and the Nederlander Organization, is led by Elizabeth Gray, who is both the General Manager of OKC Broadway and Executive Director of the Civic Center Foundation. I spoke with Ms Gray about how OKC Broadway came to be, what audiences can expect in the near and long-term future, and how she sees OKC Broadway fitting into the arts community here in Oklahoma City.

BWW Review: Wonderfully Fun and Entertaining DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Sooner TheatreBWW Review: Wonderfully Fun and Entertaining DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Sooner Theatre
April 3, 2017

The musical theatre scene is filled with adaptations of Hollywood movies, to the point of overflowing. Some of these musical stage versions of popular movies have not translated well (Ghost and Flashdance, I'm looking at you). On the other hand, a number of them have gone on to become highly successful Broadway musicals, winning a number of Tony awards as well as critical and audience raves. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is part of the latter group and is now getting a breezy and extremely fun production at Sooner Theatre in Norman.



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