Longtime favorite Broadway stage veteran, Brent Barrett, currently on the national tour of “Chicago” as the razzling-dazzling Billy Flynn, will wow audiences as a special guest emcee in “The Cocktail Cabaret” at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace from June 13 through 16, at 6 p.m. nightly.
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Lovely singer Heidi Webster of the dynamic diva vocal group Lady Luck and “Showstoppers” will step in for Maren Wade.
Barrett has entertained millions of fans around the world from the stages of Broadway, the West End, concert halls, recording studios and television. He received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his role in “Chicago.” He previously starred as the Phantom in the production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular.” Barrett received an Olivier Award nomination for his starring role in the London premiere of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of “Kiss Me, Kate.” His acclaimed performance was recorded for broadcast on PBS and is available on DVD. He also starred in the City Center Encores! production of “The Pajama Game,” and as King Arthur in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of “Camelot.” Barrett has also starred in Broadway productions of “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Dance a Little Closer” and “Grand Hotel.”
Barrett received critical acclaim when he performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls in London, with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera, Kentucky Opera and the Birmingham Symphony. He is the founding member and producer of The Broadway Tenors. Barrett has recorded three solo albums – The Alan Jay Lerner Album, The Kander and Ebb Album and Christmas Mornings. He can also be heard on studio recordings of Brigadoon, Grand Hotel, Dance a Little Closer, Closer Than Ever, Show Stoppers, The Busby Berkeley Album, Lost in Boston IV, Unsung Musicals, Vol. III, and The Maury Yeston Songbook.
On television and in film Barrett was featured in The Producers, Hercules, Longtime Companion, All My Children, Another World and Guiding Light.
The stellar cast on stage with Barrett and Webster includes Broadway veteran Niki Scalera (“Hairspray,” “Tarzan,” “Footloose”) and rising multilingual, classical/pop cross-over vocalist Daniel Emmet who has commanded stages from The Staples Center in Los Angeles to the Palais Todesco in Vienna.
The singers are joined by a four-piece band led by renowned pianist with the “flying fingers” Philip Fortenberry, drummer Don Meoli (“Jersey Boys”), bassist Josh Jones (“Million Dollar Quartet”) and saxophonist Eric Tewalt (Celine Dion, “Jersey Boys”).
“The Cocktail Cabaret” is an upbeat, stylish, intimate musical cabaret-style revue reminiscent of vintage Vegas designed to enhance the cocktail hour experience as a prelude to dinner, the theatre, special event or fun night on the town. With seating for 150 in Cleopatra’s Barge, this 70-minute show features a combination of live original music and well-known stylized and re-imagined modern standards. These exciting musical performers perform a variety of songs including such hits as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “That’s Life,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a cocktail medley, a tribute to the blues and many more.
This critically-acclaimed show is the first on the Las Vegas Strip created and produced by PK Entertainment, a Las Vegas-based entertainment company founded by powerhouse musical team Keith Thompson (“Jersey Boys,” “Idaho! The Comedy-Musical” and “The Composers Showcase” at The Smith Center) and Fortenberry, a sought-after and award-winning pianist who has played for 10 Broadway productions and eight national tours and was the Liberace hand/body double for actor Michael Douglas in HBO’s biopic, “Behind the Candelabra.”
Truly a piece of Caesars Palace’s storied history, Cleopatra’s Barge offers a classic Vegas lounge and bar experience. With its intimate size and red and gold décor, the luxurious floating barge is an ornate replica of the graceful craft that transported the royalty of Egypt on the Nile River in the time of Julius Caesar.
The show will be dark these summer dates: June 20; July 4 and 18 – 21; and Aug. 1 – 4 and 8 – 11. General Admission tickets are $39 and VIP tickets are $59. Additional service fees apply. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CocktailCabaret.com, visit any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office or call 702-777-2782 or 855-234-7469.