Steve Barton

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Not to be confused with Steve Burton.
Steve Barton
Born (1954-06-26)June 26, 1954
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Died July 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.


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 (UTA), where he majored in theater, dance and voice, and appeared in over 30 productions with UTA and the Ballet of Austin. A UTA endowed Presidential Scholarship is now named for him. After graduation he went to Europe and landed his first professional role in St. Gallen, Switzerland, then performed in several 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 Robert in Company. In 1986 he originated the role of Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera in London, and in 1988 reprised that role in the original Broadway cast.

Barton was married to swing dancer and choreographer Denny Berry, who served as 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; the couple separated at an unspecified later date. He was an Honorary Chairperson of the Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation and an honorary member of the UTA Board of Education.

In 1996 Barton returned to Vienna, where he took over the part of the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. In his final project, he originated the role of Graf von Krolock in Roman Polanski's Tanz der Vampire, for which he won an IMAGE (International Music Award Germany) in 1998. Barton celebrated his 30-year onstage anniversary in 1997 during his run as von Krolock.


Barton died on July 21, 2001 in Bremen, Germany at the age of 47.[1] While his death was initially attributed to heart failure, according to obituary information released by the press office for the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera, it was later ruled a suicide by the district attorney in Bremen.[2] His burial location was not made public at the request of his family.[3]

Stage roles[edit]

  • Broadway
  • International
    • Cats, 1983 and 1984, in Vienna, Austria, (as Munkustrap/Dance Capitan)
    • The Phantom of the Opera, 1986, in London, UK, (as Raoul)
    • Die Schöne und das Biest, 1996/97 in Vienna, Austria, (as Biest)
    • Tanz der Vampire, 1997 - 1999 in Vienna, Austria, (as Graf von Krolock)
  • Regional
    • The Phantom of the Opera, 1990 and 1991, Los Angeles, (as Raoul)
    • Anastasia: The Musical, 1991 and 1992, (as Prince Paul)
    • Six Wives, 1993, (as Henry VIII)
    • Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, 1993, (as Quasimodo)
    • Kiss Me, Kate, 1994, (as Fred Graham and Petruchio), Goodspeed Opera House, CT
    • Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, (as Sweeney Todd), Jan. and Feb. 1996, in Pittsburgh
    • Let's Do It, a new A. R. Gurney Show with Cole Porter music and lyrics which workshopped at the Long Wharf Theater, New Haven, CT, USA, April and May 1996, (as Nick Cameron, alias the Count of Luxemburg).

Television guest roles[edit]

Selected discography[edit]


  • 1983: Cats, Original Vienna Cast Recording, as Munkustrap, in German language
  • 1987: Highlights from The Phantom of the Opera, Original London Cast, as Raoul
  • 1987: The Phantom of the Opera, Original London Cast Recording, as Raoul
  • 1988: Show Boat, as Steve Baker
  • 1998: Anastasia - The Musical, as Prince Paul
  • 1998: Tanz der Vampire – Die Höhepunkte der Welturaufführung, Original Vianna Cast, as Graf von Krolock, in German language
  • 1998: Tanz der Vampire – Die Gesamtaufnahme, Original Vienna Cast Recording, as Graf von Krolock, in German language

Guest appearances[edit]

Other recordings[edit]

  • 1991: Cole Porter Centennial Gala Concert
  • 1995: Living Water, duets with Mother Teresa and Brian Sutherland
  • 1999: Danke - Songs und Lieder zum Kirchentag 1999, includes the song "Reach Out", a duet with Brian Sutherland
  • 2002: Steve Barton – Memorial Concert, "Simply Flying" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
  • 2004: Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms, "I've Got You Under My Skin"
  • 2009: Only for a While, compilation
  • 2010: Encore: The Private Collection, compilation of outtakes, demos and rehearsals

See also[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. 
  3. ^ "Steve Barton (1954 - 2001)". Find A Grave Memorial. July 30, 2001. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

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