I debuted in New York as the original arranger/pianist for Forbidden Broadway. I created the book, music and lyrics for my one-man show Miss Gulch Returns! (Back Stage Bistro Award), now produced by theaters nationwide; wrote book, music and lyrics for The Two Svengalis, and contributed songs to the off-Broadway productions Whoop-Dee-Doo! and Burly-Q, and wrote music and lyrics for Universal’s Creature From The Black Lagoon. My TV credits as composer, arranger, and/or Musical Supervisor include HBO's Cathouse: The Musical, Olivia, Wonder Pets!, and The Magic School Bus (Emmy Award.) I've produced and arranged numerous CDs for Broadway performers and big band singers. My favorite activity: presenting my concerts of classic show music with top Broadway performers and the Fred Barton Orchestra in my American Showstoppers series.
AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS: COLE PORTER with the FRED BARTON ORCHESTRA
• "ONE FOR MY BABY," the new Harold Arlen musical, for which I created the arrangements and co-wrote the book with Scott Thompson, had a sold-out preview performance of the score and some scenes at NYC's 54 Below on April 30. Our show has found its lead producers, who have launched the Broadway machinery which will bring the show to the Great White Way in 2016. Here's a nice write-up which followed our pull-out-the-stops workshop production: Read here.
• "THE MAGIC SCHOOLBUS," the Emmy-Award-winning TV series starring Lily Tomlin, with music by Peter Lurye and Fred Barton, is now available on Netflix and the series has been announced for a "reboot" with new episodes coming down the pipeline.
Meanwhile, my TV shows continue to air for kids of drastically different ages: look for "Wonder Pets!" on Nick Jr., and "Cathouse: The Musical" on HBO, as well as "The Magic Schoolbus" on Netflix or on network in various countries overseas.