Steve Barton

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Steve Barton
Born(1954-06-26)June 26, 1954
Hot Springs, Arkansas
DiedJuly 21, 2001(2001-07-21) (aged 47)
Bremen, Germany
 
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Not to be confused with Steve Burton.
Steve Barton
Born(1954-06-26)June 26, 1954
Hot Springs, Arkansas
DiedJuly 21, 2001(2001-07-21) (aged 47)
Bremen, Germany

Steve Barton (June 26, 1954 – July 21, 2001) was an American actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, stage director and teacher.

Biography[edit]

Steven Neal Barton was born on June 26, 1954, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States, the youngest of three children of Tom and Mary Barton. He was raised in Nederland, Texas.

He won a scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in theater, dance and singing, appearing in over 30 productions with the University of Texas and with the Ballet of Austin. Barton graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he now has an endowed Presidential Scholarship named after him, and went to Europe, getting his first job at St. Gallen, Switzerland, and then playing in major Swiss, German and Austrian theater companies.

He played leading roles in West Side Story, Godspell, Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks, The Threepenny Opera, Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Guys and Dolls, and Camelot, before playing the role of Munkustrap in the original Vienna cast of Cats, at the Theater an der Wien. At the Theater des Westens in Berlin, he played roles in Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar (as Jesus), La Cage aux Folles (as both Jean Michel and Albin/Zaza) and was playing Robert in Company when he had an audition for Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera in London, where he originated the role of Raoul.

Barton was married to, but later separated from, swing dancer and choreographer Denny Berry, (Dance Supervisor for the North American productions of The Phantom of the Opera), whom he met at college. A son, Edward, was born in Vienna in 1984. Barton had a Presidential Scholarship at the University of Texas named for him. He has also been named an Honorary Chairperson of the Steadman/Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation and was an honorary member of the Board of Education at the University of Texas in Austin.

In 1996, Barton returned to Vienna, where he took over the part of the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. He originated Graf von Krolock in Roman Polanski's Tanz der Vampire, (Music: Jim Steinman, Lyrics: Michael Kunze), a role which brought him in 1998 an IMAGE (International Music Award Germany). He played Graf von Krolock until January 17, 1999, in Vienna. In 1997, Barton celebrated his 30-year onstage anniversary during his run as von Krolock. Tanz der Vampire was also the last musical in which Barton appeared on a stage.

Death[edit]

Barton died on July 21, 2001 in Bremen, Germany at the age of 47.[1] His death was determined to be a suicide.[2]

Stage roles[edit]

Television guest roles[edit]

Selected discography[edit]

Musicals[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Other recordings[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Barton -- Actor, 47". The New York Times. July 28, 2001. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Report: Phantom Actor Steve Barton's Death Was a Suicide". Playbill. 3 August 2001. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

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