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Broadway Vet Brent Barrett, Star of the Music Hall's Peter Pan, on Life as an Actor's Actor

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Brent Barrett has played almost every great Broadway musical leading man role either in New York or on national tours: Tony in West Side Story (his Broadway debut in 1980). The title character in The Phantom of the Opera. Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun. King Arthur in Camelot. The Baron in Grand Hotel. Billy Flynn in Chicago. Benjamin Stone in Follies.

He even played Dr. Hannibal Lecter in a quirky Off-Broadway thing called Silence! The Musical!, a hit at the New York International Fringe Festival.

Now Barrett is Captain Hook to Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan. It's Rigby's second time at Dallas Summer Musicals playing the "boy who wouldn't grow up." Barrett worked with Rigby 20 years ago in a national tour of Annie Get Your Gun. When actor Tom Hewitt had to drop out of Peter Pan this summer, Rigby, who's producing the tour, called Barrett to take over the role of the petulant pirate.

Just before Peter Pan opened here this week, we chatted by phone with Barrett, one of the most charming of Broadway's veteran leading men. He was in rehearsal with Rigby in La Mirada, California.

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Elaine Liner
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