Photo (C) Marcus Tylor

In memory of musical theatre actor Steve Barton who sadly passed away on July 21st, 2001. On the tenth anniversary of Steve's passing, this website celebrates Steve's incredible contribution to the world of musical theatre throughout his illustrious stage career.

Younger Than Sprintime

Anthem (with Lea Salonga)

Being Alive (Bewusst Am Leben Zu Sein)

 

I Am What I Am

 


 
"The combination of his powerful voice, great charm and stage presence was one of the hits of the show. He will be hugely missed not only by his family and friends and all those to whom he gave such pleasure from his performances but also by the larger family of those of us involved in musical theatre with whom he worked so happily for many years" 
- Andrew Lloyd Webber


"He had the voice, the acting talent and he moved marvelously. It was a red letter day when our paths crossed" 
- Hal Prince

"Such a talent" 
- Gillian Lynne

"He was one of the very best ... on stage and off. The influence he has on so many is still amazing. Why? Because he was one of the very best ... on stage and off." 
- Michael Staringer (Steve's agent)

"Steve had two outstanding qualities as an artist: power coupled with sensitivity. His voice had a unique 'sound' to it - it could thrill you one minute and wrap you in luxuriant warmth the next. That warmth was evident in his whole personality. Quite an artist, quite a guy."
- Warner Brown & Michael Reed

"The amazing clarity, timbre, and stunning musicality of his voice, and his face, are always with me in my head ... even though, sadly, Steve himself was with us 'only for a while'" 
- Dee Shipman (Lyricist)

"He was a real dancer. The two of us loved to work together. We created the opening fuge in Guys and Dolls together......This opening became an entire ballet evening. I will always miss him." 
- Jürg Burth (Choreographer - Theater Des Westens Berlin)

"I treasure the way we gelled as I have come to learn since then that this can be pretty rare. Irreplaceable, miss him dearly to this day." 
- Marcus Tylor
(Steve's dresser on 'Phantom Of The Opera' , Her Majesty's Theatre - London)

"Having known Steve for many years before we actually worked together I was never surprised but always marveled at the range of talent that Steve carried in him. Whether playing Shakespeare, a vampire, a French aristocrat,or just a friend, he fully lived every role with grace and aplomb. His absence is keenly felt by all and he is missed."
- Russell Easley (Steve's dresser on 'The Phantom Of The Opera', Majestic Theatre - New York)

 

STEVE BARTON (Photo (C) Marcus Tylor)

"Shall we dance?" he inquired, removing his hat. He was tall, thin and hallowly attractive. I said yes and from that moment on, centered my attention on Steven's feet. The dance never ended...we made it all the way to Beijing."

- Denny Berry- Barton
(based on a caption by Susan Mrosek)

I found this card in a shop in Wimberley, Texas years ago now. I immediately bought the poster, had it framed and it lives on the wall directly in front of my desk as a dedication and memorial to the life Steve and I shared. For more information please visit www.ponderingpool.com

 

 

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"I met Steve in November of 1989 at the Majestic Theatre. I'll never forget it because we saved up $15 a week for 6 months for a 3 day trip and to see the Phantom of the Opera... and how glorious it was to be a part of it.
The moment I heard Steve's voice, witnessed his grace on stage, and followed his movement from beginning to end I was hooked! Immediate fan forever and I listen to his voice almost everyday.
God Bless Him and his Family"
- Robyn Thorpe

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"I cannot believe it is ten years since he left us. He was an amazing talent and a really nice person. I knew him and worked on a few benefits with him. He was a good friend with Judy Kaye and they did a couple of shows together. It was I who had to give the news to Judy. I believe the last time I saw him was in MIRATE, a Tom Jones Harvey Schmidt musical it was either at GOODSPEED or the mufti version at the York Theatre, which now I am going to check. You are still in my heart."
- Maryann Lopinto

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"When I first met Steve, his accent had a European flavor to it until he heard I was from Arkansas. Immediately the Texas twang came out and we were instant friends. Sometimes we would go for a year without seeing each other but no amount of time ever changed that bond of where we grew up. Each time I saw him, it was like no time had passed. I miss his down home side most! But my wife, Regina, reminded me that he was an outstanding cook and I will never forget going to Steve's and Denny's new home in Palisades and seeing all of the very artistic and decorative painting that Steve did. It seemed that he could do anything he put his mind to. I miss that too."
- Jake Bell

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"I had the pleasure of working with Steve in Berlin, 1984 at the Theater Des Westens. He was incredibly driven by his craft. Constantly studying, rehearsing, or perfecting whichever role he was doing at the time. I remember a short tour to Hamburg where we were performing in a theater near the Reeperbahn. The crowd we were getting could get loud and unruly. One night when Steve was singing a song from Kurt Weill, someone in the audience was heckling. His singing got more passionate and powerful and he just burned up the stage. The rest of the cast were sitting in chairs on the stage with their mouths hanging open. He had become something "other worldly" , not with anger, but with this force of nature. I had never seen anything like it in my life, tears were rolling down my face. I can not explain it but I realized what a special artist he was. 

On a lighter note, we used to take our morning ballet class (taught by Denny) in a empty movie theater called the Delphi. Before each class while we were stretching, Steve would play the piano and sing popular songs or show tunes. He was always upbeat and it made all of us feel so much better about the start of the day. He was happy on stage. That is how I will always remember him."
- Carlos

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"Some people are sent to this earth to inspire, Steve was the best example of that. We did Ballet class together -- hit the gym daily and regularly hit the Jack Daniels! His warmth, passion and drive motivated me then as his memory does to this day. Thanks Steve, the memories are irreplaceable"
- David Samuel


RELATED LINKS
STEVE BARTON - ONLY FOR A WHILE
STEVE BARTON - ENCORE: THE PRIVATE COLLECTION

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