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|Education||Frost School of Music|
|Notable work||The Dimming of the Day|
Anastasia Barzee is a celebrated Broadway, Film and Television actress. She is a graduate of Frost School of Music at The University of Miami. Along with fellow Miami grads, the Grammy Award nominated Matt Pierson (Producer) and Grammy Winner Gil Goldstein (Arrangements) she has recorded a critically acclaimed a solo album, The Dimming of the Day, of eclectic contemporary standards which was released on September 27, 2011 on Ghostlight Records. The album features songs by Kate Bush, Paul Simon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Webb, Richard Thompson, who wrote the title track, and more and boasts the talents of Gil Goldstein, Larry Campbell and Steve Wilson playing on the tracks.
Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times wrote, "Barzee's crystalline soprano strongly evokes Joan Baez". And critic Jack Goodstein wrote, "There is no doubt a great pleasure and joy in listening to a talented artist pouring her heart out in song. Anastasia Barzee is just such a talented artist". Wildy's World wrote, "a purely inspired vocal performance that will have you hitting replay again and again. Anastasia Barzee is one of a kind".
Ms. Barzee has starred on Broadway in numerous musicals and plays. They include: The Tony Award winning production of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 as Lady Mortimer opposite Kevin Kline, The Tony award winning Urinetown as Hope, Jekyll & Hyde as Emma, and Miss Saigon as the American wife Ellen. She created and starred as Josephine in the West End production of Napoleondirected by Francesca Zambello. Back Stateside, Anastasia created the role of Betty Haynes in the Musical White Christmas directed by Walter Bobbie. Also with Bobbie directing, Anastasia played Lorna Moon in Golden Boy (musical) for New York's City Center Encores series. For this portrayal, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, "Ms Barzee has a pure-lined, heartfelt way with a song", and the Daily News critic Howard Kissel wrote, " Barzee is devastating, especially the way she catches every nuance of the haunting title song".
Among her many regional credits are The Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration production of Merrily We Roll Along. Her performance of the wronged wife Beth, who sings NOT A DAY GOES BY won her rave reviews and she was asked to reprise a performance of the song for Lincoln Center's Sondheim Celebration Concert. She will also be singing at the Kennedy Center's re-union concert next Summer (2012) in D.C.
In television, Ms. Barzee has guest starred on numerous shows including: Golden Boy TV, Made in Jersey, 666 Park Avenue Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, White Collar, Law & Order, Murder She Wrote with Angela Lansbury, Get a Life (as Chris Elliot's girlfriend), Herman's Head (as Herman's girlfriend) and most recently 666 Park Avenue and Made in Jersey. She appeared in the 2010 Doug Liman feature Fair Game opposite Sean Penn.
She can be heard on original cast recordings of WHITE CHRISTMAS, NAPOLEON, and SUNSET BOULEVARD and Over The Moon A Broadway Lullaby. (Broadway stars and Broadway compossers together for breast cancer awareness).
- White Christmas Original Cast - San Francisco, Los Angeles
- Take Me Along Irish Repertory Theatre
- Merrily We Roll Along The Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration
- 666 Park Avenue
- Made in Jersey
- Blue Bloods (TV series)
- White Collar
- Law & Order:SVU
- Law & Order
- Get a Life
- Murder She Wrote
- Designing Women
- Herman's Head