Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was
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“As good as the music is, the banter between the stars is equally memorable.” —What’s On magazine
About Sharon Owens
Sharon began touring all over the world at the age of 17 as a singer/dancer with American Entertainment Productions. She opened with her troop of performers for acts such as the Letterman, the Mandrell sisters, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and many more. This wasn’t her first taste of performing. Sharon was a natural actress in the comfort of her own living room. She entertained her family at the age of 9 dancing, throwing the baton, playing the flute, singing songs from Grease and occasionally acting out Natalie Comaniche on the front lawn.
All was fun and games until it came to the singing part. Sharon was very self conscious of her nasally high pitched tone. Her father would linger around the corner critiquing her to “sing lower." “Deepen your voice,” he would whisper. Even though she was placed in the soprano section all through high school and college, she would sing alto parts just because she wanted to sing lower. She also wanted to sing the harmony part. She was the only one who could hear the parts sometimes.
Although performing was Sharon’s dream, so was getting an education. Sharon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and Vocal Music from the University of South Florida and has her Master’s in Education from Chapman University. In 1990, she continued to work her way through college by singing/dancing at Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa, Florida, while she also did commercial studio work for Sea World and performed in musical theater. Her college summers were spent touring the United States and England.
Sharon’s career as a Barbra Streisand Impersonator/Tribute artist began in 1992, when Sharon moved to Los Angeles where she began singing Streisand in dinner theaters and cabaret nightclubs. Her uncanny resemblance and vocal ability to sing Streisand, started her career as a Legends performer. Soon after discovering her Streisand sound, she graced one of the finest stages in Europe, in Berlin, Germany, “Stars in Concert.” She also appears in “Legends in Concert” at Bally’s Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City.
In the summer of 2004, Sharon turned to television where she was crowned a winner on the Fox TV show “Performing As…” Her national success has created a whirlwind of Barbra fans waiting to see Sharon’s famous tribute. Since her TV success, she has been seen on Access Hollywood, Extra, Entertainment Tonight and even paid a visit to the Family Feud. She has been performing her “Tribute to Barbra Streisand” to critical acclaim Nationwide in major showrooms, for corporate events and as a Headliner in Las Vegas.
Currently, Sharon shares the stage with Sebastian Anzaldo with their own show at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Le Bistro Theatre called “Barbra and Frank, The Concert That Never Was…”
June 2007 on ABC, Sharon was seen once again on national TV in the show “The Next Best Thing." Sharon decided after the ABC show that she wasn’t the “next best thing…” Her name is Sharon.
About Sebastian Anzaldo
Sebastian Anzaldo is fast becoming one of the top Sinatra interpreters in the country. In just a few short years, he has honed his act to perfection, capturing the essence of the musical icon. With the voice, looks and mannerisms of ’Ol Blue Eyes, Sebastian has wowed audiences from coast to coast.
Originally hailing from Omaha, Sebastian grew up in a musical family (his father a sax player and later a talent agent, his mother a singer). He started playing drums and singing at age 11, and began his professional career working with bands in bars and frat parties soon after that. Sebastian’s passion for jazz led him to New York, compliments of The National Endowment For The Arts.
The next year, he headed to the opposite coast to make his fame and fortune. It was around this time that he discovered his ‘knack for doing Frank,’ and began incorporating it into shows with his band Wild Life to great enthusiasm. Wild Life became one of the most popular acts on the Vegas circuit, a stint that lasted eight successful years. As word got out that there was a new ‘Chairman’ in town, he got a call to star in ‘The Tribute To The Rat Pack’ currently running at The Greek Isle. This in turn led to his current show – headlining with Sharon Owens as Barbra Streisand in the
wonderful “Barbra & Frank, The Concert That Never Was…” at the Riviera.