Barry played the role of the infamous
Roy Cohn in Joan Beber's
HUNGER - IN BED WITH ROY COHN
at The Odyssey Theatre In Los Angeles
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In bed with Roy Cohn By Iris Mann
THE CRAZY TIME
Written by Sam Bobrick
The Vagabond Players Theatre
Please click graphic for details
Opened June 8, 2012
Middle-aged Miles Gladstone seems to have it all: wealth, a
trophy wife, a successful business, and a happily married
daughter. Then life takes a turn and things get a little crazy and
the sexes draw their battle lines and name their price in Sam
Bobrick’s comedy The Crazy Time. The Vagabond Players’
latest show is currently staging at The Raven Playhouse in
Directed by Barry Pearl, the performers bounce through this
light comedy spiced with music interludes from the ‘60s and
‘70s in between scenes, and an inventive musical curtain call all
Mike is played by Clive Ashborn whose natural British accent is
a joy to hear, plus Michael James Thompson (the ever present
business partner/best friend), Jeff Weisen (first wife’s young
beau), and Leilani Fideler (the adult daughter). Catherine
Michaels adds a nice touch as the first wife who can play the
mid-life crisis game as well as her husband, if not better.
The set added nicely and was used well and gave a slightly new
dimension to The Raven. I would have liked to see some of the
joke lines punched up a bit more and a little more comic shtick;
however the play is nice fun throughout.
The Crazy Time stages on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. till
June 30 at The Raven Playhouse located at 5233 Lankershim
Blvd. in North Hollywood (just north of Magnolia). General
admission is $20. Students, seniors, and groups of 5 or more
are $15. For reservations call (818) 206-4000 or visit
|Vagabond Players Have Crazy Time at The Raven
By Trish Ostroski on June 14th, 2012
|Photo by Sean Spence
Friday, June15, 2012
7:30 PM --
Broadway, TV and Film Star
BARRY PEARL & FRIENDS LIVE
"We Go Together: From Cabbbage Hill to Hollywood
Lancaster native Barry Pearl always wanted to be in show
business. Over five decades ago, he first appeared in the
Fulton's production of "Dark at the Top of the Stairs". From
there, Mr. Pearl went on to leading performances on
Broadway, TV and films.His journey is presented musically and amusingly in a
one-time-only, created especially for The Ware Center production "Barry Pearl and Friend's We Go Together: A
Musical Journey of One Actor from Cabbage Hill to Hollywood." Also, appearing with him will be GREASE cast
members from an upcoming Mt. Gretna production, which Barry is directing. Remembered most for his portrayal of
Doody, John Travolta's sidekick in the film version of GREASE, Barry will be appearing LIVE June 15th at the Ware
Center at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Pearl has been in the professional theatre for over fifty years with many Broadway, Film and TV credits to his
name. Equally adept at acting, singing AND comedy, Barry holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and received
his Improv training from Howard Storm & Rex and Sherry Knowles.
Barry made his Broadway debut in 1961 as Randolph MacAfee in the original production of BYE BYE BIRDIE. He also
had featured roles in such notable productions as the original OLIVER right up to most recently -- THE PRODUCER'S.
Barry did a one man show based on the death and life of the legendary Lenny Bruce. The piece, LENNY'S BACK,
played for two performances at Broadway's Studio 54 and went on to play at the HBO Workspace in Hollywood. The
show was subsequently nominated for an OVATION Award.
Barry most recently was in BABY, IT'S YOU, which ran for five months on Broadway last Fall. Constantly working,
Barry has appeared in over four dozen shows on Broadway, national touring and regional productions. He has
received many honors including: a Drama-Logue Award, The Santa Barbara Independent Press Award and The San
Diego Playbill, Billie Award.
As a TV series regular on CPO SHARKEY, THE NEW LOVE AMERICAN STYLE and SUPERIOR COURT, Mr. Pearl
also guest starred on TV shows such as CRIMINAL MINDS, HOUSE, ER, GENERAL HOSPITAL, BAYWATCH HAWAII,
BEVERLY HILLS 90210, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, MURDER SHE WROTE, plus many others.
In the movies, Barry has also appeared in leading or featured roles in MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, AVENGING ANGEL,
and DUTCH TREAT. He also is featured in THE NEWEST PLEDGE, scheduled for release this August.
Barry will be picking songs and stories from his resume and theatrical experiences to describe his journey through
show biz and will include videos, songs from GREASE and other Broadway shows, comedy routines and more.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., June 15 at The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA. SEATING IS
LIMITED -- Tickets: $25 for general admission; $10 for students, and include a complimentary open bar. For tickets
call: (717) 871-2308 or (717) 872-3811 or go to the Box Office at The Ware Center in person Mon-Fri between 9 a.m.
and 4 p.m. or one hour prior to the performance on Friday. Tickets may also be purchased on the web at
|Barry directed a 40th year anniversary
production of the stage play
for The Gretna Theatre in Mt. Gretna, PA.
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| DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE HEADLINE.
IT'S A GOOD REVIEW
Gretna's 'Grease' lacks dazzle, but has heart
By JANE HOLAHAN
The production of "Grease," which opened Thursday at Gretna Theatre, may not be the slickest or most
dazzling I've seen of the show, but it's got so much heart you won't care too much about the lack of
No doubt that heart comes from the top. Director (and Lancaster native) Barry Pearl has a long
history with the show, having played Doody in the 1978 movie and a couple of different roles in
the show's first national tour back in the early 1970s.
He's brought together a solid cast that understands that "Grease" is more about celebrating the
spirit of high school life in the 1950s as seen through the more jaded eyes of the 1970s, than any
actual plot with real characters.
Pearl understands that and goes with the flow. So too does the cast.
The show opens on the first day of school at Rydell High School in 1959.
We meet the Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys, all of whom are full of swagger.
The guys do steal hubcaps and the girls talk tough, but they'd probably never hurt a fly.
Danny Zuko (Thaddeus Pearson) had a summer romance with Sandy Dumbrowski (Lexy Romano), a girl
from another school, and is surprised when she shows up at Rydell High.
But, trying to look cool, he gives her the cold shoulder.
Sandy tries to fit in with the Pink Ladies, but as tough girl Betty Rizzo (Laura D'Andre) tells her, she's too
much like Sandra Dee.
Plot-wise, not much actually happens after we meet everyone.
We find out Frenchy (Megan Poitras) has dropped out of beauty school and feels like a loser. Doody
(Stephen Mir) is trying to learn the guitar and Kenickie (Evan Buckley Harris) buys a car.
At the prom (which Sandy misses because she's sick) everyone dances a lot and the smarmy radio DJ,
Vince Fontaine (Ryan Halsaver) seduces Pink Lady Marty (Emma Ritchie). Rizzo worries she might be
pregnant and everyone ignores nerdy Eugene (Patrick Pevehouse).
Jan (Alexa Doggett) tries to teach Roger (Todd Berkich) how to be a boyfriend and everyone dances to
"Born to Hand-Jive."
After the prom, Sandy is tired of being a goody two-shoes and gives herself a makeover to be tough and
sexy like Rizzo.
As with every production I have seen of "Grease," this transformation makes little sense and it's really
played down here, in part because of Romano's performance, which is a little too low-key.
What works so well in "Grease" is the music. "Summer Nights," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightin'"
are all fun songs.
The dialogue is funny and the cast feels comfortable in their skin, giving the show a nice breezy quality.
I especially like D'Andre's Rizzo, who is tough but has a heart, Pevehouse's nerdy Eugene, who is very
funny, and Alisa Stamps, playing Miss Lynch, the clueless teacher who is the only reminder that these
kids are actually in school.
Beth Dunkelberger does a nice job with the costumes and the band, under the musical direction of Louis
Goldberg, sounds good.
Too bad the set (designed by Kyle Dixon) looks like it's going to fall apart and the transitions from scene
to scene go so slowly.
There isn't a lot of room on stage for Judy Williams Henry's choreography, but everyone moves as well as
they can on the crowded stage.
I've seen rougher versions of "Grease," but I like the gentleness of Pearl's production.
"Grease" opened on Broadway in 1972 and now, 40 years later, there is a definite nostalgia wave for the
show that was all about nostalgia.
"Grease" runs through July 8.
|Photographs by Michael
|It's the 40th anniversary of Grease this year and a special anniversary
production of the show will be on stage at the Gretna Playhouse later this
month. The performance is being directed by actor Barry Pearl who played
Doody in the 1978 film version of the musical. Reporting for WITF's Arts
and Culture desk, Joe Ulrich spoke with Barry about his experiences as an
actor and working with the cast at Gretna.
Hear the feature below:
http://wwwWednesday, 27 June 2012 12:53
"Doody" Directs "Grease" at Gretna Written by Joe Ulrich,
Arts & Culture desk and witf Host
|Four days after starting rehearsals for GREASE for The Gretna Theatre,
Barry did his one man show at the beautiful Ware Center in his home
town of Lancaster, PA.
Along for the ride were 7 cast members from his GREASE production.
|Above, folks who performed with Barry: Thaddeus Pearson (3rd from left, back row),
Alexa Doggett (3rd from left, front), Jamie Goldman (6th from left, back)
and Stephen Mir (extreme right). Other GREASE cast members in photo, L - R:
Julia Franklin, Lexy Romano, Ryan Halsaver and Christina Fuscellaro.
|Above, Barry with his oldest and dearest friends (next to bestie, Kenny Morse)
Barb, Mike, Barry, Connie, Jeff, Thom, Nancy and Andy
|Gretna Theatre goes back to basics for production of 'Grease'
Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 5:27 AM
By Ellen Hughes
Last week, I found myself in a dance studio off an alleyway in Lebanon
watching a group of ferociously animated dancers rehearsing “Shakin’ at
the High School Hop.” It wasn’t easy to stay sitting down while they were
singing “Well, honky-tonk baby, get on the floor!”
These young performers were some of the lucky and
talented members of the cast of Gretna Theatre’s
production of “Grease,” chosen from the 4,500
eager actors who wanted to be a part of this
summer’s season in Mount Gretna.
With such fierce competition, the actors work unimaginably hard as they
put together a show in two weeks, the formula that governs the production
schedule at Gretna Theatre. Not until two days before they open does the
cast inhabit the stage in the theater at Mount Gretna. Outsiders can’t
possibly know the intensity of the work preparing a live show under these
Gretna is at the halfway point of its season, and “Grease,” which opens
tonight, is the first of three musicals to be presented through the end of
July. “Burt and Me,” a romance with songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal
David, comes next, and then the season ends with the classic “Meet Me in
St. Louis,” based on the Vincent Minelli/Judy Garland movie, centered
around the 1904 World’s Fair.
Gretna Theatre has been doing shows for 85 years, one of the first in the
country in the early days of what was then known as summer stock, or the
straw-hat circuit. Theaters that present a range of shows compressed into
a short summer season have been disappearing, probably because
audience members are more likely these days to opt for air-conditioned
Gretna Theatre has persevered, and since Larry Frenock’s arrival as artistic
director seven years ago, the organization has thrived, with the size of
audiences increasing every summer.
It probably helps that Mount Gretna is miraculously cooler than its
neighboring cities and towns, so the absence of air-conditioning doesn’t
present as big an obstacle as it might. But the former actor and now
director seems to have the magic touch for our area.
Frenock said there are more than 600 subscribers to the theater’s season,
which he described as eclectic but cohesive. Don’t wait for Gretna Theatre
to present “Oh, Calcutta!” or “Avenue Q.” Gretna’s audiences appreciate
family entertainment, and that’s what governs the choice of the season.
Single-ticket buyers from Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and beyond
augment the resort’s built-in audience of summer residents — “that’s how
we know if we’re doing it right,” Frenock said of a production that sells a lot
of single tickets.
Barry Pearl, the director of this production of “Grease,” has a face that
seems oddly familiar. A resident of Los Angeles, he’s been a successful
actor in film, TV and on Broadway for 51 years. A Lancaster native and
alumnus of Gretna Theatre, he brings decades of experience to this show,
including his own Broadway and national tour appearances as the character
Because this is the 40th anniversary of the first performance of “Grease,”
Pearl has opted for a classic approach, as close to the original production
as possible. He arrived for the first rehearsal with a completely blocked plan
for the play, and because of the tight rehearsal schedule — “We do not
have the luxury of time,” he said to the actors when I was there — he works
in a focused, businesslike way, but with appealing deference, as he
consulted with choreographer Judy Williams Henry.
Henry and Pearl are old friends. He was choreographed by her in Gretna
Theatre’s 1995 production of “Dames at Sea,” and they’ve remained in
touch ever since. “Barry makes other people look great,” Henry said of
Pearl. “He has a positive attitude, and he is a great catalyst for whatever he’
Henry has been choreographing a show at Gretna every summer for 25
years. Pearl told her that he wanted the choreography for the show “to go
back to the bare bones of theater,” avoiding the explosive showmanship,
“the tricks and sensationalism” of some contemporary musical theater
choreography. The dancing in this production of “Grease” is organic and
traditional, Henry said, evoking popular dance from 40 years ago, when
“Grease” was first performed.
As for Gretna Theatre, Henry called it “a little jewel, a really incredible
training ground for actors, directors, choreographers and technical staff,
often the opening door to a successful professional career.”
IF YOU GO:
“Grease,” Gretna Theatre, Pennsylvania and Carnegie avenues, Mount
Gretna. Today through July 8. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m.
Thursday and Sunday. Tickets: $40-$32. Info: 717-964-3627 or gretnatheatre.
Ellen Hughes writes about fine arts, classical music and performances in
the area. Email her at email@example.com.
Barry starred as "Moonface Martin" in
Moonlight Amphitheatre's production of
About the Show
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
New Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman
Directed and Choreographed by Jon Engstrom
Musical Direction by Justin Gray
Conducted by Kenneth Gammie
Set sail on the S.S. American and get ready for a voyage of shipboard shenanigans, fabulous Cole
Porter music, and dazzling tap dance numbers. On board ship are a gangster on the run posing as
a minister, a nightclub singer and her four dancing “Angels,” a society Miss who is engaged to a
stuffy Englishman along with her ex-boyfriend who stows on board to try and win her back. A
series of comical mistaken identities ensues as the passengers and crew sing and dance their way
across the Atlantic to such fantastic tunes as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-
lovely,” and “Blow Gabriel, Blow” among others. Anything Goes is one of musical theatre’s most
endearing pieces and was first presented on Broadway in 1934. It has gone on to become a
musical theatre staple and is enjoying a Broadway revival. Moonlight is one of the few theatres
outside of New York to be given the rights to present the show.
Click here for info:
|UT San Diego
by James Hebert
'Anything' a fine comic cruise
Moonlight keeps venerable musical's wit, fizz intact
Engstrom’s production is savvy about the show’s often tongue-in-cheek laughs, and some of the
best comic moments come from Barry Pearl as Moonface Martin, the D-list gangster attempting to
hide out aboard ship. Pearl (still remembered as the T-Bird tough guy Doody in the movie version
of “Grease”) has slick timing and an effortless wit; he and Lore share one of the show’s best
moments on the funny duet "Friendship."
|San Diego Reader
By Jeff Smith, Aug. 29, 2012
Anything Goes at Moonlight Theatre
As Moonface Martin, veteran Barry Pearl filled in the book’s gaps with comedy. He was always
funny — after a while, you could trust that he would be — and never once did he force it.
|Barry with Tracy Lore
|Barry with Hanna Balagot
|Ted Leib and Barry
|Jeffery Parsons, Nick Tubbs and Barry
10/12/12 - 11/4/12
This time for 3D
|Paul Vogt as "Edna" and Barry as "Wilbur"
"Pearl is enjoyably
silly and fun loving as
Wilbur. Their mutual
laughs plus emotional
warmth in the
'Timeless to Me'.”
By Eric Marchese
" Pearl’s wonderfully
wacky Wilber proves
the perfect marriage
partner and comic foil
for Vogt’s Edna, and
the extended (and
mostly adlibbed) riff
that follows their
'Timeless' duet is so
inspired by the gods
comedy that you
might not want to see
By Steven Stanley
|Jill Van Velzer and Barry
|Jacob Haren, Paul Vogt,
|Six Decades of Musical Theatre West
by Samantha Mehlinger | November 8, 2012
/Musical Theatre West's 60th
|Barry stars in a very funny 5 minute episode of the web series
|Plus Barry co-stars in a new film released by Lionsgate going
straight to DVD and available at Walmart on August 28, 2012
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