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 worked 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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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: ENCORE Entertains Audiences with Fun-Filled MARY POPPINS MusicalBWW Review: ENCORE Entertains Audiences with Fun-Filled MARY POPPINS Musical
Posted: Jan. 8, 2018


Review: BUGABOO AND THE SILENT ONE Offers an Intimate Look at the Power of Female Friendship Despite Devastating CircumstancesReview: BUGABOO AND THE SILENT ONE Offers an Intimate Look at the Power of Female Friendship Despite Devastating Circumstances
Posted: Jan. 9, 2018


Review: Hologram USA Theater Presents Three-Dimensional BILLIE HOLIDAY LIVE! ConcertReview: Hologram USA Theater Presents Three-Dimensional BILLIE HOLIDAY LIVE! Concert
Posted: Jan. 6, 2018


Review: Katherine Parr, THE LAST WIFE of King Henry VIII, Revealed as an Early Supporter of Women's EqualityReview: Katherine Parr, THE LAST WIFE of King Henry VIII, Revealed as an Early Supporter of Women's Equality
Posted: Jan. 20, 2018


Review: A LOVE AFFAIR Recounts the Roller Coaster Ride of a 38-Year (and Counting) MarriageReview: A LOVE AFFAIR Recounts the Roller Coaster Ride of a 38-Year (and Counting) Marriage
Posted: Jan. 22, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Speaks Directly to the World's Current Political TurmoilBWW Review: George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Speaks Directly to the World's Current Political Turmoil
Posted: Aug. 2, 2017


BWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free SpeechBWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free Speech
Posted: Jun. 25, 2017


Review: BORN FOR THIS Boldly Reminds Us to Choose Faith and Family Over the Excesses of FameReview: BORN FOR THIS Boldly Reminds Us to Choose Faith and Family Over the Excesses of Fame
Posted: Aug. 3, 2017


Review: JOSEPH Proves to be Musical of Biblical Proportions Performed in Fabulous Broadway Style by 5-STAR THEATRICALSReview: JOSEPH Proves to be Musical of Biblical Proportions Performed in Fabulous Broadway Style by 5-STAR THEATRICALS
Posted: Oct. 17, 2017


First Look: THE HERO WITHIN Brings Veterans' Personal Stories to Life, Extended July 7-8-9 in Santa MonicaFirst Look: THE HERO WITHIN Brings Veterans' Personal Stories to Life
Posted: Jun. 22, 2017


Review: Adam Rapp's Pulitzer Prize Nominated and Award-Winning Play, NOCTURNE, Brilliantly Acted by Jamie WollrabReview: Adam Rapp's Pulitzer Prize Nominated and Award-Winning Play, NOCTURNE, Brilliantly Acted by Jamie Wollrab
Posted: Jul. 24, 2017


Review: INTO THE WOODS Honored by Cupcake Studios on the 30th Anniversary of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award Winning MusicalReview: INTO THE WOODS Honored by Cupcake Studios on the 30th Anniversary of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award Winning Musical
January 23, 2018

INTO THE WOODS may be one of the most popular musicals for those skilled in the art of presenting musical theater comedy. So much so that when Cupcake Studios held auditions for the 17 character roles in the show, over 1,000 people submitted online and in person to be in the show at the North Hollywood theater location. So it is no wonder each and every person in the show creates magic when they take the stage! Kudos to Michael Pettenato, the group's Artistic Director who directs and produces this musical extravaganza, for selecting the best of the best to bring such excellence in all aspects of the production.

Review: A LOVE AFFAIR Recounts the Roller Coaster Ride of a 38-Year (and Counting) MarriageReview: A LOVE AFFAIR Recounts the Roller Coaster Ride of a 38-Year (and Counting) Marriage
January 22, 2018

Have you and your partner ever thought how nice it would be to go back and have a conversation with your younger selves that might be able to change the course of your lives together? No doubt playwright Jerry Mayer, whose plays deal with the 'ups, downs and sideways' of male/female relationships, must have wondered the same thing and created the comedy A LOVE AFFAIR to address the idea of one couple, at two different stages of their marriage, meeting in the midst of relationship upheaval when selling their family home and sorting through years of marriage mementos. Witty sexual innuendos abound as the business of aging is handled with great humor and understanding from both the youthful and more mature viewpoints.

Review: Katherine Parr, THE LAST WIFE of King Henry VIII, Revealed as an Early Supporter of Women's EqualityReview: Katherine Parr, THE LAST WIFE of King Henry VIII, Revealed as an Early Supporter of Women's Equality
January 20, 2018

By now, we all know that new laws have been enacted which allow the first born, whether male or female, of the reigning heir to the British monarchy to be named that person's successor. This new move to equality of the sexes when it comes to being named the crown was perhaps initially started by Katherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII, who he made Queen Regent when he went off to war (allowing her to rule in his place). Parr then took it upon herself to have his daughters Mary and Elizabeth (Bess) added to the line of succession should their younger half-brother and heir apparent, Edward, die without any legal heirs to assume the crown. That move led to advancing their status as women of royal privilege as more than just a piece of property to be used as a bargaining chip for royal alliances through marriage.

Review: BUGABOO AND THE SILENT ONE Offers an Intimate Look at the Power of Female Friendship Despite Devastating CircumstancesReview: BUGABOO AND THE SILENT ONE Offers an Intimate Look at the Power of Female Friendship Despite Devastating Circumstances
January 9, 2018

Fans of Orange is the New Black certainly enjoy watching the escapades of female inmates stuck together in prison as they attempt to understand each other and either try to get along or attempt to dominate each other. Marja-Lewis Ryan's fourth original production at The Lounge, entitled BUGABOO & THE SILENT ONE, centers on just such a tale based in the women's block of Henderson County Jail in West Virginia in the present day, centered around two female inmates faced with life in prison. Presented by producer Chris Bender (American Pie, History of Violence, Mulan), Marja-Lewis Ryan's timely new drama is an intimate look at the power of female friendship despite devastating circumstances.

BWW Review: ENCORE Entertains Audiences with Fun-Filled MARY POPPINS MusicalBWW Review: ENCORE Entertains Audiences with Fun-Filled MARY POPPINS Musical
January 8, 2018

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, MARY POPPINS delighted the audience of all ages, although the 3-hour run time may be a bit of a challenge for very young children. It tells the tale of everyone's favorite nanny who arrives on the doorstep of the Banks' home on London's Cherry Tree Lane, taking Jane, Michael, and their entire family on a magical, musical adventure where they eventually learn the value of family and that anything can happen if you let it. The musical features beloved songs from the classic film, including Step in Time, a Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds, Let's Go Fly a Kite, and the always popular Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious which had the audience clapping and singing along during the amazing production number.

Review: Hologram USA Theater Presents Three-Dimensional BILLIE HOLIDAY LIVE! ConcertReview: Hologram USA Theater Presents Three-Dimensional BILLIE HOLIDAY LIVE! Concert
January 6, 2018

Since 2003, Hologram USA has delivered more than 700 successful projects, making groundbreaking strides in how people experience live events and communicate with each other using dynamic, cutting edge Holographic 3D technology. Their holographic experiences allow audience members to sit in a theater and feel as if they are attending a live three-dimensional concert or nightclub performance right in front of their eyes. Sounds too incredible, right? That's what I thought until I attended their latest creation, Billie Holiday Alive! at the new Hologram USA Theater in Hollywood

Review: Youth Participants in the Award-Winning Y.E.S. Program Shine in A WINTER'S TALE MusicalReview: Youth Participants in the Award-Winning Y.E.S. Program Shine in A WINTER'S TALE Musical
December 23, 2017

Led by Director/Musical Director/Costume Designer Anne Gesling, along with Choreographer Lauren Blair, the Y.E.S. musical production for November/December 2017 was A WINTER'S TALE, and I can tell you these two talented women worked miracles with a cast of 39 young performers already at the triple-threat status. As a former secondary teacher, I can honestly say that I have never seen such a talented group of young performers work together as the members of this group do, with not one of them breaking the fourth wall or character, all the while keeping their accents authentic with their harmonious singing always in tune and dancing perfectly in step and always presented with enthusiastic joy.

Review: Contemporary Music Enhances the Classic Tale of Sexual Obsession in WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY & CLEOPATRAReview: Contemporary Music Enhances the Classic Tale of Sexual Obsession in WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
December 19, 2017

Thanks to director Gloria Gifford, who retains Shakespeare's text while augmenting the proceedings with a contemporary and very soulful song score in the current production at Grey Studios in NoHo, the overall addition of the much-needed modern sensibility through music makes the complicated plot easily understood, even while adding in moments of sheer levity. Just imagine Anthony and his troops starting off the show by lining up and singing Super Freak by Rick James, as their way to describe Cleopatra and you get the idea.

BWW Review: Madcap Romantic Comedy Road Trip ASHES TO ASHES Offers Laughs Galore at Every StopBWW Review: Madcap Romantic Comedy Road Trip ASHES TO ASHES Offers Laughs Galore at Every Stop
December 16, 2017

ASHES TO ASHES centers on liberal Sara (Lena Bouton) and right-winger Jefferson (Kevin Young), ex-spouses who are polar opposites about everything except their love and devotion for their two, newly deceased, filthy-rich best friends. Trapped by the time-constraints of their friends' will, the two are forced to spend the next 16 days, 21 hours and 32 minutes together, scattering their friends' ashes across Europe under the direction of pre-arranged tour guides who meet the duo as they arrive at each of their destinations. The places visited where ashes are to be left trace a journey of the heart from their friends' lives, and the feuding duo soon realize the steps in a relationship that test true love may soon re-ignite the passion between them.

Review: Sondheim's Musical PACIFIC OVERTURES Returns to Los Angeles After a 19-Year AbsenceReview: Sondheim's Musical PACIFIC OVERTURES Returns to Los Angeles After a 19-Year Absence
December 8, 2017

PACIFIC OVERTURES with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, with additional material by Hugh Wheeler had its Broadway premiere in 1976 and was presented in Kabuki style, with men playing women's parts and set changes made in full view of the audience by people dressed in black. It opened to mixed reviews and closed after six months, despite being nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Given the unusual casting and production demands, there is good reason why this remains one of the least-performed Sondheim musicals. So it's no wonder it has been 19 years since the musical has been presented in Los Angeles.

Review: THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (Abridged) Offers Continuous Holiday Hilarity at the Torrance Theatre CompanyReview: THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (Abridged) Offers Continuous Holiday Hilarity at the Torrance Theatre Company
December 5, 2017

THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (Abridged) by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor, directed by Perry Shields with a knowing wink at all the holiday craziness now rampant in the world. Adding to his own stressfully creative holiday season, the production features two casts performing on alternate dates with Kenyon Meleney, Jimmy Duong, and Matt Garber making up the all-male cast; and Alison Mattiza, Amanda Webb, and Cindy Shields in the all-female cast. So not only is their comic timing absolutely essential throughout the show, along with more costume changes than I can count and continuous choreography, each of Perry's two casts rehearsed separately in half the usual rehearsal time! And if casting is 99% of the success of a show, kudos to Perry for his casting perfection!

Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Sing Their Way Down Memory LaneReview: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Sing Their Way Down Memory Lane
November 29, 2017

No doubt most of us have fond memories of our senior year in high school, with our Senior Prom being one of the many highlights of that year. Nostalgia for that year fuels the happy story of four friends in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, a 1999 musical comedy with a book by Roger Bean that has gone on to be presented in countless productions all over the world, including the current one being presented at Crown City Theatre in NoHo through February 25, 2018, directed and choreographed to bring back starlight memories by Robert Marra with musical direction by William A. Reilly.

Review: ROTTERDAM: A Queer Love Story About All of Us, Highlighted by Brilliant Writing, Direction and Character PortrayalsReview: ROTTERDAM: A Queer Love Story About All of Us, Highlighted by Brilliant Writing, Direction and Character Portrayals
November 25, 2017

One of the most current topics in the media now concerns transgender people being able to live the life they envision for themselves without prejudice or scorn aimed at them. After all, no doubt you have seen public restrooms now labeled to allow anyone access to them, be that person either physically or dressed as either gender, or perhaps a mix of both. Amid a breaking wave of transgender stories in popular culture (Transparent, Boy Meets Girl, and Orange is the New Black), Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain has created ROTTERDAM, a groundbreaking play, with deeply relatable characters that are flawed and often hilarious or heartbreaking as they struggle to be truthful about their identities.

Review: The Renowned Detective Returns in Style to Theatre 40 in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILYReview: The Renowned Detective Returns in Style to Theatre 40 in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY
November 21, 2017

Unlike other plays with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved detective at its center, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY written by Katie Forgette, includes bits and pieces of reality in the mix of characters. The famous actress Lillie Langtry is the focus of Holmes' investigation, which also includes the participation of arch villain Professor Moriarty as well as Oscar Wilde, the famous Victorian playwright, who epigrams, as well as a fragment of a scene from The Importance of Being Earnest, give color and freshness to this thriller comedy. And in the hands of skilled director Jules Aaron, whose direction allows his actors to convey each character so thoroughly, you will be drawn into their plight and scheming while hoping everything works out in the end.

Review: The Brilliantly Creative Yuval Sharon Brings a Modern WORLD OF THE WORLDS Radio Show to the Disney Concert HallReview: The Brilliantly Creative Yuval Sharon Brings a Modern WORLD OF THE WORLDS Radio Show to the Disney Concert Hall
November 20, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, I attended the world premiere operatic, four-site adaptation of WAR OF THE WORLDS, adapted and directed by Yuval Sharon, with music by Annie Gosfield, co-produced by The Industry and NOW Art. The production was based on the original radio play by Howard Koch, which when performed by Orson Welles terrified the nation into believing Martians had landed in New Jersey. Performed in unison within the Disney Concert Hall and at three refurbished air raid siren sites in the nearby downtown LA area, from where news bulletin reports were acted out and reported in, the entire experience was both breathtaking and mind-blowing and certainly one I will never forget.

Review: VINCENT by Leonard Nimoy Staged Featuring Acclaimed French Actor, Jean-Michel RichaudReview: VINCENT by Leonard Nimoy Staged Featuring Acclaimed French Actor, Jean-Michel Richaud
November 14, 2017

I have always been a great fan of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, so much so that I have traveled to the French countryside around the city of Arles to visit several locations featured in his paintings. While driving through the fields on a rainy afternoon, it was easy to imagine the famed painter sitting with his easel, frantically painting while the light was still good. While Van Gogh's critics labeled his work madness, it has gone on to become some of the most popular in French Impressionism. But the great artist's story is so much more than that of the misunderstood artist who cut off his own ear.

Photo Flash: World Premiere ONE WAY TICKET TO OREGON Announces New Cast MembersPhoto Flash: World Premiere ONE WAY TICKET TO OREGON Announces New Cast Members
November 8, 2017

The World Premiere of ONE WAY TICKET TO OREGON written by BC Caldwell, produced by BC Caldwell and Jeremy Aldridge, and directed by JJ Mayes as an Equity Approved Showcase production at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, runs November 17 through December 17, 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, with no performances scheduled over Thanksgiving weekend. Featured in the cast (in alphabetical order) are Cash Beery, BC Caldwell, Cydney Wayne Davis, Dennis Delsing*, Matt McVay, Robert Paterno*, Anderson Piller, Rebecca Radock*, Ruth Silveira*, Bryan Staggers* and Melvin Ward.

Review:  It's Easy to See Your Own Crazy Family in IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS AND OTHER PEOPLE (That Should Be Shot)Review: It's Easy to See Your Own Crazy Family in IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS AND OTHER PEOPLE (That Should Be Shot)
November 6, 2017

No doubt, each of us has those out-of-kilter family members everyone makes fun of for their quirks and strange behaviors when the family gets together for the holidays. After all, don't we all laugh at movies, TV shows and plays designed to make fun of those types of people to make us realize we are not alone in our trying times with our own families? Such is the case in Steve Franco's timely holiday comedy IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS AND OTHER PEOPLE (that Should Be Shot), being presented by Theatre Palisades and brilliantly directed by Ria Parody Erlich so that each bad habit of the strange Douglas family is brought to life thoroughly by her 15 talented actors each and every moment they are onstage, whether speaking or not. Running through December 10, this dysFUNctional family holiday comedy will leave you quite merry with laughter!

BWW Review: Inspired by a True Story, THE RED DRESS Reminds Us of a Time We Must Never ForgetBWW Review: Inspired by a True Story, THE RED DRESS Reminds Us of a Time We Must Never Forget
November 1, 2017

When playwright Tania Wisbar was growing up as a girl in America, her mother shared little about her past in wartime Germany, other than Tania came from a very well-placed and highly respected film family. With her parents divorced, there was not much else Tania knew about her family history, at least not until 1999 when a German professor visiting the U.S. brought Wisbar a 60-year-old document he had discovered in a Harvard University archive. In the 86-page manuscript, Wisbar's mother, Eva Kroy Wisbar, who was Jewish, detailed her forbidden marriage to a German film director as the Nazis were coming to power. The manuscript held answers to many of the questions the playwright's mother never answered before her 1984 death. Fifteen years later, that document inspired Wisbar's play, THE RED DRESS, its World Premiere now at the Odyssey Theatre through November 19.

BWW Review: SEE/SAW Magician Siegfried Tieber Amazes Close-Up Audience Conjuring Unbelievable Playing Card ManipulationsBWW Review: SEE/SAW Magician Siegfried Tieber Amazes Close-Up Audience Conjuring Unbelievable Playing Card Manipulations
October 28, 2017

With his unique combination of an Austrian father ( my name ) and Colombian mother ( my hair ) who raised him in Ecuador ( my accent ), as well as his incredibly animated face which he knows how to use to maximum dramatic effect during each and every trick, Siegfried is a true wonder to behold. During the evening, he shares that magic is based on a deception that creates an illusion, which did little to explain his amazing prowess with cards, especially when using one deck in plain sight after several audience members shuffle the deck - or predicting which card would be found in the sealed envelope hanging above his head before we even arrived. His type of magic definitely appeals to the emotions with elements of mystery and surprise thrown in to create gasps of wonder throughout his two-hour show.



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