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," Olivia, Wonder 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.
• "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 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" if you're in various countries overseas.