Chris Barillaro is a Montreal-based musical director, pianist, orchestrator, actor, singer, and graduate of Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program and of McGill University (B.A. in music and theatre). Over the past eleven years, Chris has had the honour of helping to develop many new musicals—in both of Canada’s official languages—as an MD/orchestrator, including: In Real Life; Sisters: The Belles Soeurs Musical; Demain matin, Montréal m’attend; Last Night at the Gayety; Schwartz’s: The Musical; Senza Luce; Belles-Soeurs: Théâtre Musical; and You Are Here. He’s also had the pleasure of performing at many beautiful theatres across the country, including: Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, National Arts Centre, Confederation Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Globe Theatre, Segal Theatre, and Centaur Theatre.
His most recent projects include: L’homme de la Mancha (Théâtre du Rideau Vert) Anne of Green Gables (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Beauty and the Beast (The Globe); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Eclipse Theatre); Forever Plaid, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Segal Theatre); The Last 5 Years (Toronto Summer Music Festival); Dogfight, The Cradle Will Rock (Sheridan College). En tant que comédien, Chris a tenu des rôles dans Funny Girl, Forever Plaid, The Play’s the Thing (Segal Theatre); Schwartz’s: The Musical (Centaur Theatre); Songs for A New World (Players’ Theatre); Souvenir (In Your Face Entertainment) Altar Boyz (CETM) and Being Human (SyFy).
In 2018, Chris received a Félix at the ADISQ Gala in the Show catégorie: Interprète pour Demain matin, Montréal m’attend. In 2019, Chris received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding music direction for his work on Kiss of the Spider Woman.