Jenni Barber

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Jenni Barber (left), with Michelle Beck, at the opening of the Bridge Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2010.

Jenni Barber is an American actress and singer.

Early life[edit]

Barber was born in 1983/1984 in Mansfield, Ohio.[1] 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]



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


Barber made her Broadway debut as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2007, after San Francisco and Boston productions.[5][6]

In 2008, she acted 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]

In February 2014, Barber joined the cast of the Broadway production of Wicked, in the role of Glinda, replacing Alli Mauzey. [15]


  1. ^ Henderson, Kathy (March 10, 2011). "Jenni Barber on the Fun of Playing a '60s Free Spirit in Cactus Flower". Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Can You Spell M-I-C-H-I-G-A-N?". Curtain Up. University of Michigan. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "TEC Cast Bios". The Electric Company Season 3 Press Kit. Sesame Workshop. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (January 18, 2009). "TELEVISION REVIEW : 'THE ELECTRIC COMPANY';Back From the ’70s, Without the Zaniness". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Rickwald, Bethany (May 2, 2013). "Jenni Barber, The Nance's Bouncing Blonde, Talks Broadway, Nathan Lane, and Burlesque - Interviews - May 2, 2013". Theater Mania. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Interview: Jenni Barber and Stanley Bahorek of Spelling Bee". Broadway Bullet. June 4, 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles (17 April 2008). "THEATER REVIEW : 'FROM UP HERE'; Have a Nice Day at School, Sweetie. Don't Kill Anyone.". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Simon, John (January 26, 2010). "Arden Forest Blooms in Sam Mendes ‘As You Like It'". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Kuchwara, Michael; Associated Press (January 26, 2010). "A radiant Rosalind warms a chilly 'As You Like It'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Isherwood, Charles (27 January 2010). "THEATER REVIEW : 'AS YOU LIKE IT'; Cold Snap Hits the Forest of Arden: Lovebirds Are Shivering". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Grode, Eric (11 March 2011). "THEATER REVIEW : 'CACTUS FLOWER'; Honey, I'm Married, And Here's My Wife". The New York Times. p. 4. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Weinreich, Regina (March 12, 2011). "Cactus Flower Abloom off Broadway". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Healy, Patrick (January 27, 2011). "In ‘Cactus Flower’ Revival, Jenni Barber Gets the Role That Made Goldie Hawn a Movie Star". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Brantley, Ben (15 November 2012). "THEATER REVIEW; Innocents Abroad in a Land of Naked Ambition". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
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