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Songwriter-Orchestrator-Music Producer-Theatrical Producer-Writer-Actor
Songwriter-Orchestrator-Music Producer-Theatrical Producer-Writer-Actor

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A few thoughts on the "Thoroughly Modern Millie" Reunion performance at the Minskoff Theatre Monday night, and a reprint of my original thoughts on the show in June, 2002.
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A few thoughts I had at the time of the original Broadway production of "Assassins."
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Nick Adams & Co. perform "Loopin' The Loop" in "American Showstoppers: An Evening Of Kander & Ebb" with the Fred Barton Orchestra, March 10, 2017, at New York's Michael Schimmel Center. Dancers: Barrett Davis, Justin Henry, Tanya Haglund, Rashaan James, Akina Kitazawa, Jessie Lawyer, Caleb Marshall, Katie Mitchell, choreographed by Scott Thompson.

"Loopin' The Loop" was the original final song in "Chicago," 1975, performed by Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera. It was cut in Philadelphia and replaced by "The Hot Honey Rag," shortly before the Broadway opening. But all these years, audiences have heard the music, which was retained as the highly charged overture.

"American Showstoppers" and The Fred Barton Orchestra are devoted to the best songs of Broadway and Hollywood from the Golden Age, and today's performers who know how to stop shows with them.
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"Ridin' High" - Beth Leavel & The Fred Barton Orchestra. Beth shares my philosophy: If you're not going to stop the show, what are you doing on the stage? ("American Showstoppers: Cole Porter," March 4, 2016, at the Michael Schimmel Center, Pace University.)
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A genius named John Bolton performs Cole Porter's ingenious "They Couldn't Compare To You" with the Fred Barton Orchestra, in "American Showstoppers: Cole Porter" at the Michael Schimmel Center, March 4, 2016. The song was a highlight of the 1950 Broadway musical OUT OF THIS WORLD, and echoes Porter's previous "Where Is The Life That Late I Led" from KISS ME KATE.
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"Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love" - Paula Leggett Chase, Lisa Howard, and Karen Murphy with the Fred Barton Orchestra, "American Showstoppers: Cole Porter," March 5, 2016. The lyric after the title is "They just like to...." (a typical Porter joke-by-ellipsis/substitution.) 
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Beth Leavel sings "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" with the Fred Barton Orchestra in "American Showstoppers: Cole Porter," March 4, 2016, at the Michael Schimmel Center, NYC.
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"I'm A Gigolo" - a fascinating Cole Porter song, from WAKE UP AND DREAM, 1929. Damon Kirsche is first-rate, and my orchestration is the first I've heard. (from AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS: COLE PORTER last Friday.)
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Nick Spangler sings "One For My Baby," in my arrangement for the new Harold Arlen musical ONE FOR MY BABY.  I returned the song to Arlen & Mercer's original boogie feel.
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