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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 28 February 1957Quinter, Kansas, USA
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Blessed with a magnetic voice, the talented Barrett developed an early interest in performing when he use to frequent his aunt's local movie house. Born in Quinter, Kansas in 1957, he won the lead in his high school's production of "Calamity Jane" and was sold after that. He studied at Carnegie-Mellon and then eventually made his move to the New York scene.

He made his Broadway bow in 1980 when he was selected by Jerome Robbins to play Tony in the revival of "West Side Story." He ventured on in both hits ("March of the Falsettos") and misses ("Dance a Little Closer") until 1983 when he earned the role of the handsome but dangerously off-centered Tony Barclay in daytime's New York-based soap All My Children (1970). As the third party in a romantic triangle, his character managed to drive a wedge between one of daytime's best loved couples at the time -- Jenny (Kim Delaney) and Greg (Laurence Lau). Brent himself received much flak from soap viewers after his character accidentally killed their favorite sweetheart while he was trying to kill off the boyfriend. Other lesser soap roles followed and he turned in a small but eye-catching cameo in the popular gay art-house film classic Longtime Companion (1989) as a soap actor who performs a hot and heavy kissing scene on the tube.

Brent's focus throughout his career, however, has been singing and a live theater audience. A sturdy performer who admittedly is a step behind when it comes to dancing, he has maintained his longstanding leading man status on sheer vocal power alone. He has a penchant for playing colorfully artificial characters and plays them with a grand theatricality reminiscent of the former matinée idols Howard Keel and Alfred Drake. Aided by his rich tenor and classic vibrato, his slick con men, shallow lovers, vainglorious thespians and eager jet-setters have boosted such 90s musicals as "Grand Hotel," "Chicago" and "Kiss Me Kate." He also continues to present himself in concert form and with CD efforts.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trivia (8)

Received a Los Angeles Drama Critic's Award for his role as Billy Flynn in "Chicago" and received an Olivier nomination for his Petruchio in "Kiss Me Kate."
Has volunteered for "Heart and Voices," an organization that enlist singers to perform in hospitals.
Has a CD out -- an anthology of Kander & Ebb songs.
He was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical of 2001 for his performance in "Kiss Me, Kate" at the Victoria Palace in London, England.
Played the role of "Archibald Craven" in the New Zealand tour of the musical "The Secret Garden"
He created the role of airline steward Charles Castleton in Alan Jay Lerner and Charles Strouse's short-lived musical "Dance a Little Closer" (1983), introducing "Why Can't the World Go and Leave Us Alone" - the first openly gay love song ever heard in a Broadway musical.
His first musical was a chorus role in "110 In The Shade" with a summer theatre production at a college close to his home town about a year before transferring to Carnegie Mellon. His first musical lead was in high school playing Frank Butler in "Annie Get Your Gun".
Along with Anthony Crivello, is playing the title character in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera Las Vegas Spectacular. Due to the intense performance schedule, many of the more difficult roles in the musical have been double-cast, such as Christine & Carlotta. [September 2006]

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