Barry Pearl, Actor / Director / Teacher, has been in the professional
theatre for over fifty years with many Broadway, Film and TV credits
to his name. Most remembered for his portrayal of Doody in the film
version of GREASE and as Professor Tinkerputt in BEDTIME WITH
BARNEY: IMAGINATION ISLAND.
Barry holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and got his Improv
training from the renowned Howard Storm and Rex & Sherry Knowles.
He has been teaching the Viola Spolin Theatre Game method since
1979 in LA at: Performing Arts Cooperative, Professional Artists Group,
LA Film Actors Workshop, Beck Bros., CSUN, In The Act, Actors Alley
Repertory Theatre, The Acting Lab (his own school) in New York with
Gotham City Improv, as well as many others throughout the nation.
This Drama-Logue Award winner has directed three improv / sketch
comedy troupes including THE ALLEY OOPS and the highly successful
SHORT RIBS which he also created.
Barry made his Broadway debut in 1961 as Randolph MacAfee in the
original production of BYE BYE BIRDIE. He went on to do the National
Tour and Vegas companies of the show.
Other stage productions include: the original Broadway company of OLIVER!, the first National Tour of
GREASE, in which he played Sonny and in which John Travolta played Doody, GUYS AND DOLLS, FIDDLER
ON THE ROOF, and many others.
He has been a TV series regular on CPO SHARKEY (starring Don Rickles) THE NEW LOVE AMERICAN STYLE
and SUPERIOR COURT, as well as having guest starred on such TV shows as CRIMINAL MINDS, HOUSE, ER,
MISS MATCH, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, EVEN STEVENS and THE AMANDA SHOW, to name
Some of his other film credits include: AVENGING ANGEL, DUTCH TREAT and MY FAVORITE MARTIAN.
Barry did a one man show written by Sam Bobrick and Julie Stein about the death and life of the legendary
Lenny Bruce. The piece, LENNY'S BACK, played in the spring of 1999 for two performances at Broadway's
Studio 54 and that September at the HBO Workspace in Hollywood. The show ran at The American
Renegade Theatre in North Hollywood in the fall of 2001 and was subsequently nominated for an OVATION
Awards which he has won include: a Drama-Logue Award for his portrayal of Dirk Nob in THAT OTHER
WOMAN'S CHILD; The Santa Barbara Independent Press Award for The Santa Barbara C.L.O. Production of
OLIVER! in which he played Fagin; and The San Diego Playbill, Billie Award for Best supporting actor in the
Lawrence Welk's OKLAHOMA in which he played Ali Hakim.
In 2003 Barry went to San Diego to star in a new play entitled NICKELS AND DIMES, a semi-autobiographical
piece written by Jerry Cesak, of The Jeff And Jer Radio Show about the last day in the lives of a pair of DJs
who have been doing a morning radio show for 30 years.
From November of 2003 until May of 2004, Barry played the Genie in ALADDIN at Disney's California
He toured from June 14, 2004 until its closing in Pittsburgh on January 30, 2005 with the First National Tour
of THE PRODUCERS, and had the great opportunity to play the roles of Mr. Marks, Kevin and Jason Green in
the Broadway Production for several weeks between January and April of 2005.
Upon his return from the road, and in between going back to the Broadway Production of THE PRODUCERS,
Barry essayed the role of Sheldon Seltzer in SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGER'S for Theatre West in
He then had the good fortune to play the role of Ira Taub with pals Randee Heller and Suzanne Ford in
THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE at The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA.
After remounting a production of SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGER'S in Fort Lauderdale, FL for three
months, Barry returned to California and landed the role of Lazar Wolf in the Sacramento Music Circus
production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, directed by Glenn Casale.
Then in the Fall / Winter of 2006 (six years after the SBCLO production) he, again, got the opportunity to
essay one of his favorite roles, Fagin, at the renowned, Fulton Theatre in his hometown of Lancaster, PA.
He immediately followed up with the role of Bernard in DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER for James Gruessing and
The Norris Centre For The Performing arts in Rolling Hills Estates, CA. It was there that he had the great
pleasure of sharing the stage with a performer whom he'd admired for quite some time, David Engel.
The Summer of '07 found Barry back in Sacramento playing Gangster # 2 in KISS ME KATE, again under the
direction of Glenn Casale.
In the Fall of that year he went to New York where he essayed the role of the evil Brain in BRAIN FROM
PLANET X for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (nymf). Upon his return he was honored again to play
with his friends James Gruessing and David Engel at The Norris in Ken Ludwig's LEADING LADIES. That
production was immediately followed by Musical Theatre West's production of ALL SHOOK UP in which he
played Jim Haller opposite one of his favorite friends and actresses, Bets Malone.
Jumping ahead to 2008 and 2009, Barry once again took to the road playing the iconic role of "Arnold" from
the TV show, HAPPY DAYS in Garry Marshall's musical stage production of HAPPY DAYS: A NEW MUSICAL.
Back in LA after the tour, he got busy with five other projects, bouncing between a terrific production of A
FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, assaying the role of "Senex", at The Norris Theatre
in Rolling Hills Estates, CA. to playing "Nathan Detroit" for Cabrillio Music Theatre. Barry has played
"Nathan" three times and "Benny Southstreet" once. This was now the second time playing "Nathan" for
Cabrillio in fourteen years. A glorious homecoming!
Overlapping this production, Barry headed out to the historic Pasadena Playhouse to play the roles of
"Bernie Greenberg" and "Milt Gabler" in a brand new musical about the discover of the 1960's gal group
sensation, The Shirelles, entitled BABY IT'S YOU. It was written and directed by famed film director, Floyd
Mutrix. Helping to helm this production was Pasadena Playhouse's own artistic director and colleague of
Barry's, Sheldon Epps. The show was slated for the Broadway stage sometime in the fall of '10.
Coming full geographical circle, he returned to The Norris to play "Arnold Neddham" in NO SEX PLEASE,
Barry then partook in a staged reading of a new musical called, THE ROXY written by Howard George,
Shelley Markham and Adryan Russ. It was directed by pal, Bruce Kimmel (writer, director and star of cult
classic THE FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL, amongst others which is also headed for the stage.)
In the summer of 2010, Barry put on his producing hat for Cabrillo Music Theatre's highly acclaimed
production of HAPPY DAYS: A NEW MUSICAL. Critics raved!
That fall, Barry took to the high seas to perform in The Showroom At Sea on Holland America's, Statendam
before being called back to Broadway in February of 2011 to recreate his roles of "Bernie Greenberg" and
"Milt Gabler" playing opposite Tony Award winner, Beth Leavel (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE) in BABY IT'S
YOU! The show ran for five months at The Broadhurst before closing on September 4, 2011.
On September 1 of that year, Barry celebrated his 50th year in show business while performing directly
next door to the theatre in which he began as a child playing "Randolph McAfee" in BYE BYE BIRDIE, The
Returning to California on September 9th, he played several roles in a staged reading of a new production
slated for The Pasadena Playhouse in the spring called, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: THE MUSICAL.
From the beginning of October through November 13th, he had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the
incomparable, Jim J. Bullock, in Musical Theatre West's production of HAIRSPRAY. Barry played "Wilbur
Turnblad". It was BackStage West's, Critic's Pick, and received reviews that were more like love letters to
Another BackStage West Critic's pick was for HUNGER - IN BED WITH ROY COHN at The Odyssey Theatre in
LA, in which Barry never left the stage, playing the infamous Mr. Cohn. This dramatic production was
directed by Jules Aaron, and choreographed by long time friend, Kay Cole. It ran from January 12 - March
A recently released Lionsgate film entitled THE NEWEST PLEDGE has Barry playing the role of Mr. Motes.
In the summer of 2012, Barry directed a Sam Bobrick comedy entitled THE CRAZY TIME for LA's Vagabond
Players, Gretna Theatre's 40th anniversary production of GREASE in Mt. Gretna, PA. and played "Moonface
Martin" in Moonlight Amphitheatre's production of ANYTHING GOES. From October 12 through November
4, he once again assayed the role of "Wilbur Turnblad" in HAIRSPRAY; this time for 3D Theatricals.
2013 began with Barry He then assaying the role of Burt Hines in Neil Simons' PROPOSALS, directed by his
dear pal, James Gruessing, artistic director for The Norris Theatre in Rolling Hils Estates. In the spring of
2013, Barry, once again, directed GREASE for Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA with film cast
mate, Kelly Ward ("Putzie") choreographing.
Immediately following this record breaking production of GREASE he jumped right into directing a new
play, NIGHT HAWKS, written by Robert Vincent O'Neil who also co-directed the piece with Barry. They did
this for The Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood, run by old friends, Gary Lamb and Bill Reilly.
Toward the end of the year he was offered the role of Juror #7 in The Pasadena Playhouse's brilliant
production of TWELVE ANGRY MEN, directed by his deep friend and collegue, Sheldon Epps, artistic
director of the Playhouse. This was a truly special experience with a cast of six African American men and
six White men. There are plans in the works to take the production to Argentina in the early summere of
Barry ended the year on a crazy note when asked to fill in for one performance of The Lythgoe Family's
ALADDIN'S WINTER WISH out at The Pasadena Playhouse. Ricjard Karn (HOME IMPROVEMENT) had a
commitment that conflicted with a change in the play's schedule, so Barry was asked to step in. It was an
amazing experience shgaring the stage with the great Ben Vereen.
At this writing, Barry is on the road with Joey Travolta, Dale Oprandy and Katy Kurtzman teaching film arts
to special needs children through Joey's Summer Film Camp. By the end of August, they will have traveled
to four cities: Walnut Creek, CA., Pittsburgh, PA., Tenafly, NJ., and Detroit, Michagan. Two weeks are spent
in each citie developing and shooting three seven minute films for three separate groups of kids. It is an
awe inspiring experience.
More to come.......
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