Jenni Barber is an American actress and singer best known for her performances in musical theatre.
Barber was born in 1983/1984 in Mansfield, Ohio. 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.
Barber made her Broadway debut as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2007, after playing the character San Francisco and Boston productions. 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. In 2010, she played Audrey in As You Like It, in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theatre.
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. In 2012, she played porn actress Sundown LeMay in The Performers opposite Henry Winkler and Cheyenne Jackson.
In 2013, Barber played stripper Joan opposite Nathan Lane in the award-winning The Nance. The following year, she joined the cast of the Broadway production of Wicked, in the role of Glinda. In early 2015, she played Sibyl in the romance Private Lives at Hartford Stage, followed by Elizabeth, a Mormon wife, in the Encores! revival of Paint Your Wagon.
- Henderson, Kathy (March 10, 2011). "Jenni Barber on the Fun of Playing a '60s Free Spirit in Cactus Flower". Broadway.com. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "Can You Spell M-I-C-H-I-G-A-N?". Curtain Up. University of Michigan. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "TEC Cast Bios". The Electric Company Season 3 Press Kit. Sesame Workshop. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Genzlinger, Neil (January 18, 2009). "TELEVISION REVIEW : 'THE ELECTRIC COMPANY';Back From the ’70s, Without the Zaniness". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- 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.
- "Interview: Jenni Barber and Stanley Bahorek of Spelling Bee". Broadway Bullet. June 4, 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Isherwood, Charles (17 April 2008). "From Up Here; Have a Nice Day at School, Sweetie. Don't Kill Anyone.". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Simon, John (January 26, 2010). "Arden Forest Blooms in Sam Mendes ‘As You Like It'". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Kuchwara, Michael; Associated Press (January 26, 2010). "A radiant Rosalind warms a chilly 'As You Like It'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Isherwood, Charles (27 January 2010). "As You Like It; Cold Snap Hits the Forest of Arden: Lovebirds Are Shivering". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Grode, Eric (11 March 2011). "Cactus Flower; Honey, I'm Married, And Here's My Wife". The New York Times. p. 4. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Weinreich, Regina (March 12, 2011). "Cactus Flower Abloom off Broadway". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- 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.
- Brantley, Ben (15 November 2012). "Innocents Abroad in a Land of Naked Ambition". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Gans, Andrew. "Christine Dwyer, Jenni Barber, Justin Guarini, Mary Testa and P.J. Benjamin Will Join Cast of Broadway's Wicked", Playbill.com, February 3, 2014, accessed March 23, 2015
- Auerbach, Mark G. "Hartford Stage presents Noel Coward's Private Lives", The Westfield News, January 15, 2015
- Isherwood, Charles. Paint Your Wagon, Starring Keith Carradine, Opens at Encores!", The New York Times, March 19, 2015
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