Jenni Barber

Jenni Barber

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Jenni Barber
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Jenni Barber (left), with Michelle Beck, at the opening of the Bridge Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2010.
Born (1983-07-22) July 22, 1983 (age 35)
Mansfield, Ohio
Alma mater University of Michigan

Jenni Barber (born July 22, 1983) is an American actress and singer best known for her performances in musical theatre.

Early life[edit]

Barber was born in Mansfield, Ohio.[1] There she took voice lessons from vocal trainer Lori Turner. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan School of Music with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre in 2005, after receiving an Earl V. Moore award.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Barber played Lisa Heffenbacher in The Electric Company 2009 TV series.[4]

Stage[edit]

Barber made her Broadway debut as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2007, after playing the character in San Francisco and Boston productions.[5][6] In 2008, she appeared in From Up Here at New York City Center; she had a minor role, but The New York Times review called her a scene stealer.[7] In 2010, she played Audrey in As You Like It, in the Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s Harvey Theatre.[8][9][10]

She starred as Toni Simmons in the 2011 Off-Broadway revival of the play Cactus Flower in the Westside Theatre, receiving mixed reviews comparing her to Goldie Hawn in the 1969 film.[11][12][13] In 2012, she played porn actress Sundown LeMay in The Performers opposite Henry Winkler and Cheyenne Jackson.[14]

In 2013, Barber played stripper Joan opposite Nathan Lane in the award-winning The Nance.[5] The following year, she joined the cast of the Broadway production of Wicked, in the role of Glinda.[15] In early 2015, she played Sibyl in the romance Private Lives at Hartford Stage,[16] followed by Elizabeth, a Mormon wife, in the Encores! revival of Paint Your Wagon.[17]

Actress (7 credits)
 2015 Master of None (TV Series)
Andrea

Finale (2015) … Andrea
 2014 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series)
Joan

The Nance (2014) … Joan
 2012 Elementary (TV Series)
Jacqueline Zoltana

Lesser Evils (2012) … Jacqueline Zoltana
 2012 Smash (TV Series)
Marlena

Enter Mr. DiMaggio (2012) … Marlena
 2009-2011 The Electric Company (TV Series)
Lisa Heffenbacher

The Junior Assistant (2011) … Lisa Heffenbacher
Tip It or Dip It (2011) … Lisa Heffenbacher
Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk! (2011) … Lisa Heffenbacher
Wiki Wiki Walter (2011) … Lisa Heffenbacher
The Incredible Return-a-Ball (2011) … Lisa Heffenbacher
 2010 Futurestates (TV Series)
Jenni

Play (2010) … Jenni
 2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Ally

Gone (2006) … Ally
Hide Hide Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
 2014 The 68th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (performer: “For Good”)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 2017 Broadway.com #LiveatFive (TV Series)
Herself

Jenni Barber (2017) … Herself
 2014 Project Runway All Stars (TV Series)
Herself – Glinda

Something Wicked This Way Comes (2014) … Herself – Glinda
 2014 The 68th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Herself – Performer

Stage
Performances

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2017
Celeste #2/Elaine
[St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
The Muny 2015 Production, 2015
Ado Annie
[New York]
City Center Encores! Off-Center Production, 2015
Waitress/Nancy D
[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert Revival, 2015
Performer
[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Performer
[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Performer
[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Grace Farrell [Replacement]
[Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2011
Toni Simmons
[Off-Broadway]
2008
Kate
[Boston]
Boston Production, 2006
Olive Ostrovsky
[Off-Off-Broadway]
Musicals Tonight! Concert, 2005
Liesl
[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2005
Olive Ostrovsky [Replacement]
[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Glinda [Replacement]

 

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