Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer, 2014

SHEET MUSIC for my songs is now available on!  This makes it faster, cheaper, and more convenient for you to get hold of my best songs. "Pour Me A Man" and "Pour Me A Man: Encore" and a number of others are now available, and additional songs will be added in the near future.

I've released my latest CD – singer Jesse Luttrell's debut, singing 6 show tunes and standards with the Fred Barton Broadway Band.  I arranged, orchestrated, and produced, and we recorded at the fabled Nola Recording Studios in NYC – in fact, we were the last recording session at the historic studio before it closed its doors.  Some of the songs are the first full orchestrated versions available.  You can download at i-Tunes and other outlets, or buy the physical CD at Amazon and CD Baby.

October 18, I'll present my new concert, "American Showstoppers: An Evening of Cy Coleman," with the Fred Barton Orchestra – the fifth in my series of concerts devoted to Golden-Age Broadway songs, featuring Broadway's finest headliners, my "New Faces of 2014," and the Scott Thompson Dancers.  Some original Broadway cast members will recreate their performances.  The concert will be performed at the Michael Schimmel Center, downtown Manhattan at Pace University.

For a look at my previous concert, devoted to the songs of Jerry Herman, take a look at this compilation of highlights:

I'm currently completing a large list of symphonic Pops orchestrations, including new arrangements and orchestrations for the Maestros Steven Reineke (New York Pops and Houston Symphony), Joel Levine (Oklahoma City Philharmonic), and Stuart Chafetz (Naples Philharmonic, FL.)

Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty continues to sing my orchestrations in her symphony dates around the country, and I'm orchestrating for Jason Alexander 's Houston Symphony concert in September. 

Here's a sample of my symphony arranging:  "Have Yourself A Merry Little Chistmas" for Tony DeSare's Christmas concerts with the Naples Philharmonic and Jacksonville Symphony – click to hear:

My theatre piece MISS GULCH RETURNS! celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a fine new production in New Orleans, under the auspices of the Running With Scissors Theatre Company, garnering its customary rave reviews:  "An inventive work that is consistently surprising, delivering nuance and honest substance.  These are smartly written tunes with internal rhyme schemes that would challenge even Stephen Sondheim.  Most Broadway scores pale in comparison to the wittiness of Barton's score."  (New Orleans Times-Picayune) 

Here's a little sample from my March "American Showstoppers" concert, with the Fred Barton Orchestra, honoring Jule Styne:

Some other recent events:

• ONE FOR MY BABY, the new Harold Arlen musical for which I provided arrangements and co-wrote the book, got a nice write-up as it continues to wend its way inexorably to Broadway (a London production is in the works):  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.

Jack Everly continues to conduct dozens of my arrangements and orchestrations in his concerts around the country.

Meanwhile, my TV shows continue to play 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" if you're in various countries overseas.