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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer, 2015

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Fred Barton's symphony arrangements are played regularly by the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and major symphonies around the country. On Broadway and national tour, Fred conducted Anthony Quinn in Zorba, Hal Prince’s production of Cabaret, Cy Coleman’s City Of Angels and Robert Goulet in Camelot; he played in the pit of Cy Coleman’s The Will Rogers Follies, Tommy Tune’s revival of Grease, the 1992 revival of Guys & Dolls, and off-Broadway’s Ruthless.  Fred is currently co-librettist, musical supervisor and arranger for the Broadway-bound Harold Arlen musical One For My Baby.  Fred debuted in New York as the original arranger/pianist for Forbidden Broadway.  He created the book, music and lyrics for his one-man show Miss Gulch Returns! (Back Stage Bistro Award), which is now being performed at theaters nationwide; he wrote book, music and lyrics for The Two Svengalis, 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.   Fred’s TV credits as composer and arranger include HBO's "Cathouse: The Musical," OliviaWonder Pets!, and The Magic School Bus (Emmy Award.)  He has produced and arranged numerous CDs.  Fred’s favorite activity is to present his concerts of classic show music with Broadway headliners and the Fred Barton Orchestra in Pace University’s American Showstoppers series.

SHEET MUSIC for my songs is available on www.musicnotes.com, including "Pour Me A Man." Additional songs will be added in the near future.

My concert series "American Showstoppers with the Fred Barton Orchestra" had another landmark triumph with my tribute to Irving Berlin, March 6-7, selling out the Michael Schimmel Center in Manhattan and the Leon Goldstein PAC in Brooklyn.  Below are highlights of Act One, featuring my incredible musicians and an 18-member cast led by Tony-Award-winner Karen Ziemba, Lee Roy Reams, and Brent Barrett.



My next two "American Showstoppers" concerts will be devoted to the music of Johnny Mercer (October 2015) and Cole Porter (March 2016). If you love classic Broadway show music, performed by house-bringer-downer Broadway performers of the old school, bookmark these sites (subscribers get first pick; open sales begin in September):


My latest CD – singer Jesse Luttrell's debut, singing 6 show tunes and standards with the Fred Barton Broadway Band – continues to gain worldwide fans on internet radio, sold through iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. I arranged, orchestrated, and produced, and we recorded at the fabled Nola Recording Studios in NYC, the last recording session at the 75-year-old historic studio before it closed its doors. Several songs are the first full orchestrated versions ever recorded.
Find the JESSE LUTTRELL CD at Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby


RECENT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRATIONS:

THE NEW YORK POPS 2015 GALA (Carnegie Hall):
"You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile," sung by Rob McClure
"Cabaret," sung by Alan Cumming

In March, I appeared center-stage at the piano for the triumphant New York debut of my epic "History Of Television Overture" with Steven Reineke leading the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

Also in March, a totally different TV theme medley, entitled "Anything On TV?" had its debut with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, under the baton of Larry Blank. 

Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty continues to sing my orchestrations in her symphony dates around the country, as does Broadway and TV star Jason Alexander, and pop pianist-singer Tony DeSare. New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke continues to conduct my Pops arrangements with symphony orchestras all over the country. 

Here's a symphonic sample: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Chistmas," which I created for Tony DeSare's Christmas concerts with the Naples Philharmonic and Jacksonville Symphony – click to hear:


In April, my theatre piece MISS GULCH RETURNS! got the usual raves for its latest production in Palm Springs, starring Jerome Elliot, presented by the Desert Theatre Company at the Pearl McManus Theatre.
   
Some other recent events:

"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.