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This week on Finding Your Bliss, Life Coach and Bliss Expert Judy Librach is joined by award-winning musical theatre star Barbara Barsky, one of the most outstanding musical theatre talents in this country.

She’s here to talk about her illustrious career, her longtime marriage and partnership with Marek Norman and her inspirational new show “Dancer”, which is currently running at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Some of Barbara’s impressive credits include Berthe in “Boeing Boeing” (Persephone Theatre), Mme Thenardier in “Les Miz”, Miss Andrew in “Mary Poppins” for which she received a Saataward nomination (WCT), Mama Rose in “Gypsy” (The Arts Club), Penelope Pennywise in “Urinetown” for which she received a Jessie Award nomination, Maria Callas in “Masterclass”, Golde in Susan H. Schulman’s “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Wanderlust”, “Henry V” and “Patience” (Stratford Festival), Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” (Livent), Charlotte in “Larry’s Party” (CanStage, NAC, MTC) and Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd”.

Barbara has received seven Dora Award nominations for “Closer Than Ever”, “Forbidden Broadway”, “Chutzpah a Go Go”, “Snappy Tales”, “Assassins” and “A New Brain” (The Musical Stage Company).

She co-produced with her husband Marek Norman, the original Canadian production of “Assassins” which garnered five Dora awards, including Best Production. She was also a member of the legendary Second City Company with Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara, and was co-founder of Reprise Concerts, great musicals in concert. She has appeared in multiple TV shows culminating in an Actra Award nomination for her work in “Clowns”, plus a Tyrone Guthrie Award.

A special thank you to theatre critic, esteemed director, actor and lyricist Richard Ouzounian for his excellent help with the research and insight into this interview with Barbara Barsky about her life and career. As well, a special thanks to Yanoush from the Toronto Metro Reference Library for his help with some additional articles as well.

Barbara Barsky sings two gorgeous songs on the program, which you can listen to at the following links:

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