Barrett will play the role of Curly in the Aug. 17 concert, and his Laurey will be Lisa Vroman, who played Christine in the record-setting run of The Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco. Maureen Lipman, who portrayed Aunt Eller in the Royal National Theater production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, will reprise her role at Albert Hall. Others in the cast include Klea Blackhurst as Ado Annie, Tim Flavin as Will and Karl Daymond as Jud. The company will be backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of Kenneth Richardson.
Barrett received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate, and he will continue in that Cole Porter classic through August. Barrett's other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun and Candide. He received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the L.A. production of Chicago and has been seen Off-Broadway in Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo and Portrait of Jenny. His television and film appearances include "Hercules," "Longtime Companion," "All My Children," "Another World" and "Guiding Light."
Tickets to the Oklahoma! concert range from £7 to £32.50 and may be purchased by calling the theatre's box office at 011 44 020 7589 8212. The Royal Albert Hall is located at Kensington Gore, London.
*A production of Oklahoma!, which originated at London's Royal National Theatre, is currently running on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. Its cast features Patrick Wilson, Andrea Martin and Shuler Hensley.