Fred Barton

An acclaimed composer, lyricist, orchestrator, conductor, and actor.

His symphony arrangements are played regularly by the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and major symphonies throughout the U.S. and Canada. On Broadway and National Tour he has conducted Anthony Quinn in Zorba, Hal Prince’s Cabaret, Cy Coleman’s City of Angels and Robert Goulet in Camelot.

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Off-Broadway, Fred was the original Arranger-Musical Director for Forbidden Broadway (Tony Award, Drama Desk Awards), Spamilton, and Whoop-Dee-Doo! (Drama Desk Awards). Fred Barton wrote book, music, and lyrics for Miss Gulch Returns! (Bistro Award), still produced by theaters nationwide in 2019, and co-wrote book, music and lyrics for Creature From The Black Lagoon for Universal Theme Parks.

For TV, Fred composed music for The Magic School Bus (Emmy Award), arranged and conducted Wonder Pets! (Emmy Award), HBO’s Cathouse: The Musical, and music-supervised Olivia. The Fred Barton Orchestra has won acclaim for his American Showstoppers song-and-dance concerts of Golden Age Broadway, and Fred has arranged and played for nearly eighty major stars.