GABRIEL BARRE directed the off-Broadway production of The Wild
Party by Andrew Lippa at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City which
was nominated for numerous awards, including five Outer Critics Circle Awards
and thirteen Drama Desk Awards, both including Best Direction of a Musical
and for which he won the Calloway Award for Best Direction. He also directed
the national tours of the recent revival of Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, which
began with a three month run at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut last
summer, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein's, Cinderella, starring Eartha
Kitt, which toured the country for three years.
Other New York off-Broadway credits include: Almost, Maine at the
Daryl Roth Theatre, Summer of '42 at the Variety Arts Theatre, Honky Tonk
Highway at Don't Tell Mama (winner of a MAC Award and Bistro Award for
Best Review), Stars in Your Eyes at the Cherry Lane Theatre and john & jen at
the Lamb's Theatre, as well as the staging for the 25th anniversary of Jacques
Brel at the Village Gate, three concerts at Lincoln Center as part of the American
Songbook Series and a number of the Broadway by the Year concerts at Town
His regional credits include the world premieres of Tom Jones (winner of
Independent Reviewers of New England Award for Best Direction) and
Memphis (winner of San Francisco Bay Area Critics Association Award for Best
Direction), both at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston (Memphis also ran at
TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA). He also directed the critically acclaimed
productions of Private Lives at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, as well as Hay
Fever and Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. In addition, he
directed and help create the new musical about Tammy Wynette, Stand By Your
Man, which played at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville two years in a row, as
well as at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. He is on the Advisory Board of the Cape Cod
Theatre Project and has directed numerous plays there. At the Goodspeed
Musicals in Connecticut, he directed the revivals of Pippin, Sweeney Todd
(winner of four Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical and
Best Direction of a Musical), Finian's Rainbow (nominated for five Connecticut
Critics Circle Awards) and King of Hearts, as well as many other new musicals
including, Frank Wildhorn's Camille Claudel, Houdini (which he also
remounted at the Marriott-Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago), Fanny Hill and
Dorian. Recently Mr. Barre directed a number of new projects including the new musical All About Us, (based on the play The Skin of Our Teeth) by Kander & Ebb, with a book by Joe Stein, which played at the Westport Playhouse. He is currently working on a new musical adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers, and the world premiere of a new Frank Wildhorn musical based on Carmen to open in Prague next year. As an actor, Gabriel Barre was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Starmites (recently released on CD) and won a Bistro Award as an original cast member in Forever Plaid. Other performing credits include - Broadway: Ragtime (workshop), Ain't Broadway Grand, Rags, Anna Karenina, Barnum (first national tour); Off-Broadway: Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Petrified Prince at the Public Theatre, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, as well as numerous productions at the Roundabout Theatre, Mirror Repertory Company, Lamb's Theatre, Playwright's Horizons, Jewish Repertory Theatre, INTAR, York Theatre and LaMama E.T.C. His television and film credits include: The Gurneyman, Luggage of the Gods, Girl 6, Quiz Show, Summer of Sam, The Road to Wellville, Stardust Memories, Law & Order, Fame, Kate & Allie, Nickelodeon, and a number of programs on PBS. He also played the lead role in the new independent feature film, The Amazing Floydini.
Prior to his career as an actor and director, Gabe worked with the Richard Morse Mime Theatre in New York City as an administrator, teacher, performer and director. His experiences over a five year period there took him on tours throughout the Middle East and Europe, as well as concert performances at Lincoln Center, and running their full time home base theatre in Greenwich Village, New York. In addition to his background in mime and puppetry, he has developed many circus skills including wire walking, juggling, stilt walking, fire eating, unicycling and others, which he has often employed in his performances and productions.
He grew up in Burlington, Vermont and currently resides with his wife, actress Tricia Paoluccio, in New York City.
Bio as of April, 2011.
American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:
SDCF Masters of the Stage (audio)
2003 Symposium: Musical Theatre - June, 2003 - Listen Now.
2002 Symposium: The Director Choreographer Relationship - June, 2002 - Listen Now.
2002 Symposium: Magic To Do: The Writer Director Relationship - June, 2002 - Listen Now.
2002 Symposium: It's Not Where You Start - June, 2002 - Listen Now.
Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)