Gabriel Barre is an internationally acclaimed director who most recently co-created the new musical Magic To Do with Stephen Schwartz and Mark Hartman for Princess Cruises.
Gabriel directed the new musical Amazing Grace on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. Amazing Grace had its world premiere at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago in the Fall of 2014, and had a prior developmental production at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.
Other work includes the Off-Broadway production of The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The production was nominated for numerous awards, including five Outer Critics Circle Awards and thirteen Drama Desk Awards, both including Best Direction of a Musical. Gabriel won the Calloway Award for Best Direction.
He directed the U.S. national tour of Rodger's and Hammerstein's, Cinderella, starring Eartha Kitt, which toured the country for three years, including a run at Madison Square Garden, as well as subsequent productions regionally throughout the U.S. He also directed the national tour of Pippin, which originated at the Goodspeed Opera House and played throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Other original 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, John & Jen at the Lamb's Theatre, Son Of A Gun at the Samuel Beckett Theater and the 25th Anniversary production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at the Village Gate, which he also acted in, and choreographed.
Regionally, he directed the world premiere production of Memphis at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston. It also played at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA where it was the winner of the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Association Award for Best Direction. At the Goodspeed Opera House, he directed the revivals of 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), King of Hearts, the new musical, Houdini, which he remounted at the Marriott-Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago; as well as many other new musicals including Fanny Hill, Dorian and Frank Wildhorn's Camille Claudel, starring Linda Eder.
Other musicals include Little Shop of Horrors and Flower Drum Song at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Time After Time at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Hair and The Who's Tommy at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Camelot, as well as the world premiere of Tom Jones (winner of Independent Reviewers of New England Award for Best Direction) at North Shore Music Circus, Camelot and Sweeney Todd at Casa Mañana in Texas, West Side Story at Pioneer Theatre in Utah, Tick, Tick... Boom! at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, Stand By Your Man, which played at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for two years and All About Us, written by Kander and Ebb based on the play "The Skin of Our Teeth", at the Westport Playhouse. He directed the critically acclaimed productions of Private Lives at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Love's Labours Lost at CRT as well as Hay Fever and Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, as well as spending many summers with the O'Neill Theatre Center. He also directed, and starred as the title role of, Cyrano de Bergerac at Rutgers University in the Fall of 2013. Cyrano de Bergerac will be remounted Off Broadway in February, 2016 at St. Clement's Theatre.
Internationally, he directed the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn's adaptation of Carmen. It had a sold out run for four years at the Karlin Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic and was also recently filmed in 3D and released in that country. Gabriel's production of Carmen received it's revival in summer of 2015. Also at the Karlin, he mounted large scale revivals of the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and the Czech premier of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. He directed the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn's new musical Tears of Heaven (nominated for eight Musical Awards including Best Direction) at the National Theatre in Seoul, South Korea, and began development for the new musical The Monkey King in Beijing, China. He also participated as a guest director with American Voices in Bangkok, Thailand, lectured as part of a theatre symposium on the collaborative process in Beijing, China and most recently participated in the 24 Hour Musical Festival in Hamburg, Germany to benefit the refugees in Europe.
Concert work includes the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center three years in a row, a number of Broadway by the Year concerts at Town Hall, the concert version of Pippin for World Aids Day, and The Four Seasons at Lincoln Center. Gabriel recently directed workshops of the pop culture phenomenon Twilight: The Musical (praised on MTV, E! and EW among others), and the musical adaptation of the hit film Jawbreaker. He's working on a musical adaptation of Susan Seidelman's Boynton Beach Club, as well as co-conceiving and directing a new musical called Other World, which begins developmental workshops in 2016.
As an actor, Gabriel Barre was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Starmites. He won a Bistro Award as an original cast member in Forever Plaid. Other performing credits include Ragtime (final Toronto workshop), Ain't Broadway Grand, Rags, Anna Karenina (original Broadway companies), 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, which he also provided the musical staging for, A Fine and Private Place, which he also directed, The Tempest, and The Mistress of the Inn (both at The Roundabout Theatre,) Marathon Dancing directed by Anne Bogart at En Garde Arts, El Greco with INTAR at Playhouse 91, as well as numerous productions at Mirror Repertory Company, Lamb's Theatre, Playwright's Horizons, Jewish Repertory Theatre, York Theatre and LaMama E.T.C.
His film credits include: The Amazing Floydini (Lead), The Gurneyman (Lead), Luggage of the Gods (Lead), Girl 6, Summer of Sam, Quiz Show, The Road to Wellville, Stardust Memories, Best Eaten Cold, The Dutch Master, Eat and Run and Can't Stop the Music.
On television, he’s appeared on Law & Order, Fame, Kate & Allie, Nickelodeon, and a number of programs on PBS including the mockumentary making of a musical Traps! on EGG, the arts show.