This Week on Broadway for February 14, 2016: Fred Barton and American Showstoppers


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk Fred Barton about American Showstoppers and his career. Reviews include Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes, Theatre 2020’s production of A Little Night Music, Cabin in the Sky @ Encores, and Manon Lescaut @ The Metropolitan Opera.

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Guest: Fred Barton

Fred Barton



AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS, which marks its 8th concert with the Cole Porter evening, previously celebrated the music of Harold Arlen, Jule Styne, Richard Rodgers, Jerry Herman, Cy Coleman, Irving Berlin, and Johnny Mercer this last October. These shows have featured performers such as Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba, Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel, Tony Award nominee Lee Roy Reams, Tony Award-nominee Lauren Worsham, Tony Award-nominee Vivian Reed, Brent Barrett, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Nick Spangler, Ryan Silverman, Luba Mason, Anastasia Barzee, Tony Award-nominee Pamela Myers, Tari Kelly, David Elder, Jeffry Denman, Sam Harris, Terri White, Tony Award-nominee Joshua Henry, Deidre Goodwin, and Kevin Earley.

AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS featuring The Fred Barton Orchestra will perform “An Evening with Cole Porter” at Pace University’s Schimmel Center (3 Spruce Street in New York, NY 10038) on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 PM. Tickets range from $29 to $55 and are available at or the box office at (212) 346-1715. A second performance will take place at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard in Brooklyn, NY 11235) on Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available at or at the box office at (718) 368-5596.

FRED BARTON is an acclaimed composer, lyricist, orchestrator, conduction and actor. His 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 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! (Backstage Bistro Award), which has been 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.





PF + MP + JM: Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleecker Street at the corner of Lafayette Street). Opening night is Thursday, February 11th and performances will continue through March 13.

PF: Theatre 2020‘s production of A Little Night Music @ First Unitarian Church, McKinney Chapel, 116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights

Director/Choreographer – Judith Jarosz

MP + PF: Cabin in the Sky @ Encores, Feb 10 – 14, 2016

MP: Manon Lescaut @ The Metropolitan Opera

Soprano Kristine Opolais






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Post Script:

In Nikkole Salter’s Repairing a Nation from the Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Davis family gathers for a holiday celebration in their native Tulsa, Oklahoma, but all goes awry when the family matriarch insists they join a lawsuit seeking reparations for the Tulsa Race Riots that devastated their family 80 years ago. The cast includes Chantal Jean-Pierre, Angel Moore, Landon Woodson, Stephanie Berry, and Phil McGlaston.


Next Week: 

Smart People @ Second Stage

A Bronx Tale The Musical @ Paper Mill Playhouse


That’s What They Wrote and ‘That’swhatshesaid’ BY NICOLE SERRATORE
A performance piece used bits of copyrighted plays to critique the portrayal of women in contemporary theatre. Was it fair use or out of bounds?


Ed Cachianes, FOLLIES at the Roxy:

FOLLIES, “Loveland”:




Explicit: No


American Showstoppers Selected Tracks provided by the production

Las Vegas – Jeffry Denman

You Are Too Beautiful – Damon Kirsche

No Man Left For Me – Tari Kelly


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