City of Angels

Fred Barton served as Associate Conductor of CITY OF ANGELS in the LA production and the subsequent National Tour. He played in the celebrated Broadway pit, and conducted the show’s regional debut at the North Shore Music Theatre.

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Cabaret

Fred Barton was Associate Conductor of Hal Prince’s 1987 revival of CABARET, bookended by the production’s two national tours. Ron Field recreated his original choreography, and Joel Grey starred.

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Spamilton: An American Parody

Arranger-Musical Director

A musical parody of the Broadway show Hamilton. Written by Gerard Alessandrini, creator of the parody revue Forbidden BroadwaySpamilton also parodies several other musicals, included GypsyChicagoThe King and IAssassinsCamelotThe Book of Mormon and Sweeney Todd, and personalities, like Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing and Liza Minnelli.

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Miss Gulch Returns!

Book, Music and Lyrics by Fred Barton

MISS GULCH RETURNS! has earned rave reviews since its debut in 1984. The show continues to be produced by independent theatre companies around the country. The 1986 album continues to sell and stream after 33 years, and songs from MISS GULCH RETURNS! are regularly performed on three continents.

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Olivia

Musical Supervisor

I was the Musical Supervisor for two seasons of the hit TV series Olivia, based on the popular children's books by Ian Falconer.  I also composed the music for their promotional "sizzle reel."  The show was co-produced by Chorion in New York and Brown Bag Films in Dublin, Ireland.

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Wonder Pets!

Musical Direction & Composition

Orchestrated and conducted three seasons of Wonder Pets! (Nickelodeon, produced by Little Airplane Productions.) Since its debut in March 2006, Wonder Pets! has ranked among the top three children's shows in the U.S. and around the world.

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Cathouse: The Musical

Musical Director, Conductor & Performer

I arranged, conducted, and performed in HBO's Cathouse: The Musical. Producers Sheila Nevins and Patti Kaplan created this unusual musical special as the finale to their hit "docutainment" series. Cathouse: The Musical, directed and choreographed by Scott Thompson, continues to air, and is available on DVD.

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The Awful Truth

Music Contributor

It was my great privilege to contribute music to Michael Moore's series, The Awful Truth, including, among other sequences, a wild pseudo-Awards ceremony full-orchestra scoring for the hilarious "Man Of The Year" sequence, and a sensitive, syrupy musical backdrop for a scandalous "Make A Wish" parody.

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The Magic School Bus

Composer & Orchestrator

Three seasons of The Magic Schoolbus, working with of head composer Peter Lurye. The shows were science lessons packaged as full-out adventure shows, as Miss Frizzle, portrayed by Lily Tomlin, led her students into outer space, into the human body, and inside such memorable objects as pickles and water treatment systems.

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TV & FilmFrederick BartonPBS, Fox
Eureeka's Castle

Composer

Even before I took the USC Film Scoring program, Peter Lurye brought me on as Associate Composer for Eureeka's Castle for Nickelodeon. The score was built on the mighty Synclavier (which was cutting-edge at the time.) I was the night shift in the Synclavier studio – and it's always fun to work with such a low-maintenance and happy cast (see left).

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