Broadway actor to headline Arizona Musicfest benefit performance

Brent Barrett

Broadway actor Brent Barrett will highlight an evening celebrating and supporting Arizona Musicfest’s excellence in artistry and philanthropy at Applause!

Applause! is a special benefit performance and dinner and will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at Fairway House at Grayhawk, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale.

Tickets to Applause!, which include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a three-course gourmet dinner with wine, live auction and Barrett’s performance, are $175. For reservations, call 480-488-0806.

During the evening, Scottsdale residents Paul and Merle Marcus will be recognized for their long-standing generous support of Arizona Musicfest.

“What a memorable evening this will be: a remarkably talented entertainer, an incredible gourmet meal and the opportunity to publicly thank two of our most ardent supporters,” Arizona Musicfest Executive and Producing Director Allan Naplan said in a release. “It’s the perfect combination.”

Mr. Barrett has entertained millions in audiences around the world, from the stages of Broadway, the West End and in concert halls to recording studios and on television, a release states.

As one of Broadway’s leading men, Mr. Barrett made his debut on the Great White Way in the 1980 revival of West Side Story. He has since been featured in Chicago, Kiss Me Kate (broadcast on PBS), Grand Hotel, Annie Get Your Gun (opposite Reba McEntire), The Pajama Game, Camelot, Closer Than Ever, Brigadoon and Busker Alley (with Tommy Tune).

Most recently,  Mr. Barrett starred in the title role of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular, according to a release.

In concert, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls in London, with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Pops. On television and in film, Mr. Barrett has made appearances in The Producers, Hercules, All My Children, Another World and Guiding Light, according to a release.

The 26th annual Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival opens Jan. 27 with Festival Headliner Chris Botti at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale. Other January performances include the Young Musicians Winter Concert, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at Musical Instrument Museum and Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.

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