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Wayne Barker BIO

2011 Drama Desk award for Peter & The Starcatcher at New York Theatre Workshop.

Broadway: On stage with Dame Edna in Back With A Vengeance! (composer, and co-lyricist with Barry Humphries). Also for Edna: "We've Made The Most Of Melbourne" (2006 Commonwealth Games) and "Fifty On The Stage" (Royal Command Variety Performance). Regional: The Great Gatsby (Guthrie); Twelfth Night and The Three Musketeers (Seattle Rep).

TV: "A Little Curious" (HBO Family). Other: Mark Bennett's A Midsummer Night's Dream (orchestrations), Chicago City Limits, Radio Active Theater, The Raymond Scott Orchestrette, arrangements for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Minnesota, San Francisco, Baltimore, and St. Louis Symphonies, among many others.

Upcoming: I Heart Bob (Parallel Exit). Local 802, The Dramatists Guild; Artistic Associate for New Musicals at New York Theatre Workshop.

Wayne Barker Photos


Huntington Theatre Company, 2015

Original Broadway Production, 2004
Master of the Dame's Musick

Wayne Barker Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision
[Regional (US), 2016]
[Broadway, 2012]
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
[Broadway, 2005]
Dance Music Arranger
[Broadway, 2005]
[Broadway, 2004]
Music Arranger
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Music Arranger


Wayne Barker Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Music in a Play

Wayne Barker, Peter and the Starcatcher

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Wayne Barker News

Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at The Royal Theatre

What did our critic think of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at The Royal Theatre?

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Comes to Delaware Theatre Company in December

Peter And The Starcatcher by Rick Elice comes to the Delaware Theatre Company in December. Performances run December 6–24.

The Historic Royal Theatre Presents PETER AND THE STARCATCHER This September

The Historic Royal Theatre presents PETER AND THE STARCATCHER to the stage in 2023, sponsored by Mid-Town Plumbing and performed by the Young Players.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Comes to Reboot Theatre Company This Fall

The award-winning Reboot Theatre Company, in association with Theatre Off Jackson, presents the cheeky Tony-winning play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER this fall. Reboot, known for its new interpretations of established works and long history of inclusive casting, will take on this wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novel.

Review: THE NERD at The Strauss Blackbox Theater At The Kirkwood Peforming Arts Center

Moonstone Theatre Company’s production of THE NERD is a riotous fun time thanks to swift direction and the cast’s ability to execute on slapstick comedy with impeccable timing. Director Gary Wayne Barker juices ever last laugh from the script. His vision and blocking extracts performances of sharp physical comedy from each of his actors. His brisk pacing makes the 2-hour fly by in a flash, but it is the fearless performances of his cast, especially Ryan Lawson-Maeske (Rick) and Greg Johnson (Warnock) that make this comedy succeed.

THE NERD to be Presented by Moonstone Theatre Company in July

Moonstone Theatre Company has revealed the cast list and production design staff for its upcoming production of The Nerd by Larry Shue.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, CLUE & More Rank Among Most Popular High School Shows for 2023

Educational Theatre Association has revealed the most popular high school shows for 2023. 

Duluth Playhouse Reveals 2023-2024 Main Stage Season

Duluth Playhouse has announced their 2023-2024 Main Stage season, a thrilling combination of beloved classics and remarkable new productions. Through the power of live theatre, audiences will be transported to another time and place as they laugh, share a tender moment, and create new memories that will last a lifetime.

A World Premiere & More Set for Delaware Theatre Company 2023/24 Season

Delaware Theatre Company has announced its 2023/24 Season. The five-show season—DTC's 44th—will launch on September 20. See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets!

Los Altos Youth Theatre to Present PETER AND THE STARCATCHER in March

Los Altos Youth Theatre will present Peter and the Starcatcher, March 10-19.

Storybook Theatre Presents PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, February 10 to March 11

StoryBook Theatre will present the Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher from February 10 to March 11, 2023, where audiences can tap into their imagination and learn the backstory of some classic and beloved characters from this classic tale.  

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Opens This Week at DreamWrights

Join DreamWrights Center for Community Arts this year for a different type of Holiday production. 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is the Tony Award Winning Broadway Play by Nick Elice and Wayne Barker that follows a nameless Boy who eventually grows up to become the infamous Peter Pan.

New Musical LOST BOYS to be Presented at DreamWrights Center For Community Arts in December

With five touching new songs and a script entirely in rhyme, this versatile Theatre for Young Audiences piece, Lost Boys, is appropriate for all ages and will perform December 10 & 17 @ 3 p.m. in rep with Peter & The Starcatcher at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts.

Review: Rick Elise's Wildly Inventive PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at the Stage West Playhouse

An all-star ensemble with Ryan Bintz soaring to the top as the evil Black Stache!

The Ritz Theatre Company Flies To Neverland With PETER AND THE STARCATCHER!

'To have faith is to have wings.' Ready to take flight with the second show of its 2022-2023 season, The Ritz Theatre Company presents Peter and the Starcatcher, the highly imaginative, Tony Award-winning play about the untold origins of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Neverland.

Vanguard University's Department of Theatre Arts Presents The Award-Winning Fantasy PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Vanguard University's highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Peter and the Starcatcher, written by Rick Elice, music by Wayne Barker and an adaptation from the novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

SING STREET, MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS & More Lead Boston's September Theater Top 10

Boston is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. Coming up in September, check out Sing Street, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Fantasticks and more!

Sarah Bockel Will Lead Regional Premiere of BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical; Full Cast Announced

Ogunquit Playhouse has announced casting for the Regional Premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (September 15–October 30, 2022).

Stage Door Theatre Announces 49th Season Featuring Five Mainstage Productions & More

Stage Door Theatre has announced their 49th Season of live theatre for the Dunwoody community and beyond. Season 49 will include five mainstage productions, four performances by the students of Stage Door's Performing Arts Academy, and over six Saturdays of additional programming featuring different performance communities in Atlanta.

Review: MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS at Ogunquit Playhouse

Mr. Holland's Opus is a world premiere new musical currently running at the Ogunquit Playhouse based on the 1995 motion picture of the same title. It is a story set in San Francisco in 1969 about a successful musician and composer, Glenn Holland (Akron Watson) who switches careers to become a first-time music teacher at John F. Kennedy high school so that he can spend more time with his wife, Iris (Anastasia Barzee).


Wayne Barker has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Wayne Barker has not appeared in the West End

Wayne Barker has been nominated for several awards for his work in the Broadway show "Peter and the Starcatcher." He was nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards and for Outstanding Music in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards.

Wayne Barker has won the Outstanding Music in a Play award at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on "Peter and the Starcatcher".

Wayne Barker has written 4 shows including Clue: The Musical (Composer), Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance (Composer), Peter and the Starcatcher (Composer), Mr. Holland's Opus (Composer).

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