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A native Arkansan but ‘naturalized’ Texan at heart, Steve Barton started his theatrical career at the age of 14 playing the role of Barnaby Tucker in a community theatre production of Hello Dolly! As a multi- scholarship recipient of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Drama, where he studied with such notables as R. Iden Payne, Igor Youskevitch, and Francis Hodge, he appeared in over thirty productions in roles such as the Bastard in King John, Prince Henri de Conde in The Devils, Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Leading Man in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and MacHeath in The Threepenny Opera, among others.
A leading member of Ballet Austin for three seasons, he created roles in Eugene Slavin’s Shadowland, dancing opposite his soon-to-become wife, Denny Berry, Helios, Cherkeska, Youskevitch’s La Fille Mal Gardee, and Classical Symphony. Engaged as a soloist at Stadttheater St. Gallen, Switzerland where he later served as Assistant de Ballettmeisters, he choreographed productions such as Der Goldene Hahn and Die Drei Musketiere, and danced leading roles in Ronald Ashton’s Harlekin, Streifzuege, and Beethoven Concerto.
At Stadttheater Bern, under the direction of Wolfgang Zoener, he was seen as Gabey in On The Town, Riff in West Side Story, Jesus in Godspell, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and E1 Gallo in The Fantasticks. As a visiting guest artist, he played Curly in Oklahoma for William Hammerstein in Berlin, Riff in West Side Story for the Bregenzer Festspiele and the Volksoper Wien, Peter and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Theater an der Wien in Vienna, and Magaldi in the Harold Prince production of Evita at the Deutsches Theater in Munich.
He has directed and choreographed Guys and Dolls for the Hildesheimer Stadttheater, and choreographed West Side Story for the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern and the ballet Zergliederung Einer Frau for the Stadttheater Bern. He has been seen in the European Premiere productions of Camelot playing Lancelot at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, La Cage Aux Folles, playing Munkustrap in Cats and serving as Dance Captain for Gillian Lynne at Theater an der Wien in Vienna. For Helmut Baumann and Juerg Burth at Theater des Westens Berlin he appeared in their productions of Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar the Kurt Weill Revue, and most recently, Company. Numerous television appearances include Die Verflixte Sieben with Rudi Carrell, Der Grosse Preis and Mein Haus with Angelika Milster for West Deutscher Rundfunk. For Polydor he has recorded the Original German Cast Album of Cats and the titles Alles, Ich Will Heut’ Nacht and We’ve Got Tonight with Angelika Milster.
The Phantom of the Opera marks Steve Barton’s West End debut.