It was a hot, sunny morning in VegasVille on Thursday. We know this because a tuxedoed, masked Phantom of the Opera sought shade under a palm tree near the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
He was Brent Barrett, who played that role for a time in “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” at The Venetian. The distinctively outfitted Barrett wore a modified Phantom mask with a full face cover as part of the launch of the pro-mask campaign #MaskUP4NV. The former Phantom was among the many entertainers who turned out for the face-cover effort.
The initiative has been organized by former MGM Resorts International executive Greg Chase and his Experience Strategy Associates consulting company. Chase wrangled a host of performers and Vegas luminaries for an appearance early Thursday at the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.