Date of Death: July 21, 2001

Birth Place: Arkansas, USA
VIDEO: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's Original Leads Perform 'All I Ask Of You' On the Paris Opera House Rooftop in 1988!VIDEO: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's Original Leads Perform 'All I Ask Of You' On the Paris Opera House Rooftop in 1988!
by Stage Tube - Jun 4, 2019

We're taking a peek at this special throwback to The Phantom of the Opera's original Christine and Raoul, Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton, performing the show's classic 'All I Ask Of You' on the rooftop of the Paris Opera House back in 1988! (more...)

BWW Review: DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES at Theater des Westens, BerlinBWW Review: DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES at Theater des Westens, Berlin
by Helge Arnoldt - Apr 1, 2019

Whenever one of my US friends asks me about a successful German musical, it is for sure "Dance of the Vampires" that comes immediately to my mind. It was Jim Steinman (music) and Michael Kunze (lyrics) created the musical adaption of Roman Polanski's film from 1967. The show premiered in 1997, and has been running - with some short breaks - in Germany and Austria ever since. (more...)

Steve Barton Makes Rare Live Solo Appearance for 'Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders'Steve Barton Makes Rare Live Solo Appearance for 'Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2018

Whether it's pure pop or moody acoustic ballads, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Steve Barton, has developed a reputation for crafting some of the most literate and poignant music in underground rock.  In addition to being a founding member of the revered punk/psychedelic band Translator, perhaps best known for the Barton-penned song 'Everywhere That I'm Not', he has released several solo albums - 'The Boy Who Rode His Bike Around The World', 'Charm Offensive', 'Flicker Of Time', 'Gallery', 'Projector' and the one-off duo album with Translator's drummer Dave Scheff, 'New Blue World'.  The seventh and latest, 'Tall Tales and Alibis', is a sprawling triple album tour de force filled with Steve's brand new songs, which was released in March by Sleepless Music.   (more...)

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - A Phantastic Phantom at FolketeatretBWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - A Phantastic Phantom at Folketeatret
by Christian Ranke - Sep 8, 2018

As a Norwegian Production 'The Phantom of the Opera' is a triumphant success showcasing talents seldom seen on an Oslo stage. (more...)

BWW Review: DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES at Musical Dome, Cologne - The Vampires take a big, juicy bite out of CologneBWW Review: DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES at Musical Dome, Cologne - The Vampires take a big, juicy bite out of Cologne
by Mark Janicello - Jul 27, 2018

20 years after watching Roman Polanski's world-premiere production, it was with great trepidation that I entered the Musical Dome in Cologne, to watch DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES again. To my surprise, it was a quick-footed, highly-entertaining show that was a vast improvement over the original Viennese production. (more...)

Ben Crawford Will Be the New Man in the Mask in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Starting TonightBen Crawford Will Be the New Man in the Mask in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

The longest-running show in Broadway history, and one of the most successful worldwide stage productions of all-time, PHANTOM will welcome Broadway's Ben Crawford when he takes over the iconic title role beginning tonight, April 16, 2018 at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). (more...)

Breaking: Ben Crawford Will Be the New Man in the Mask in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on BroadwayBreaking: Ben Crawford Will Be the New Man in the Mask in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2018

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today a new leading man for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince. The longest-running show in Broadway history, and one of the most successful worldwide stage productions of all-time, PHANTOM will welcome Broadway's Ben Crawford when he takes over the iconic title role beginning Monday, April 16, 2018 at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). (more...)

Exclusive: Catching up with the Original Phantom, Michael Crawford as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Turns 30 on BroadwayExclusive: Catching up with the Original Phantom, Michael Crawford as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Turns 30 on Broadway
by Robert Diamond - Jan 24, 2018

To celebrate this amazing milestone, we checked in by phone with Michael Crawford, from New Zealand. As many know, along with a long career creating numerous roles, the star also inspired the creation of this very web site. After I saw the production myself in 1994, my father said 'If you thought that was great, you need to hear the original...' And, the rest is BroadwayWorld history. (more...)

Peter Joback to Don the Mask for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 30th Anniversary on BroadwayPeter Joback to Don the Mask for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 30th Anniversary on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2018

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today final principal casting for the 30th Anniversary of the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince. One of the most successful stage productions of all-time, the musical will welcome back international stage star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter J back to lead the 30th Anniversary. (more...)

Translator Front Man Steve Barton Releasing 7th Solo AlbumTranslator Front Man Steve Barton Releasing 7th Solo Album
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2017

Tall Tales and Alibis is the seventh solo album from Steve Barton, founding member of the revered band, Translator. A sprawling tour de force rich with sonic invention and poetic expression, it's a showcase for Barton's multifaceted gifts and his best work yet. The release is an ambitious TRIPLE album, filled with brand new songs from Barton. Tall Tales and Alibis is being released March 2, 2018 on Sleepless Records. (more...)

Peter Joback to Don the Mask for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 30th Anniversary on BroadwayPeter Joback to Don the Mask for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 30th Anniversary on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today final principal casting for the 30th Anniversary of the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince. One of the most successful stage productions of all-time, the musical will welcome back international stage star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter J back to lead the 30th Anniversary. (more...)

PHANTOM's Michele McConnell on What Makes a Real Broadway Diva!PHANTOM's Michele McConnell on What Makes a Real Broadway Diva!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Oct 23, 2017

If the Bravo 'Housewives' franchise had 'The Real Housewives of Broadway,' Michele McConnell would certainly be a cast member and her opening 'hook' line might be, 'I'm not really a diva, but I play one onstage 8 times a week.' (more...)

BWW Flashback: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Turns 31!BWW Flashback: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Turns 31!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2017

The Phantom of the Opera is (still) there! Today marks the 31st birthday of the landmark musical, The Phantom of the Opera, which opened in London on October 9, 1986. The show continues performances at Her Majesty's Theatre today and in a recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world. (more...)

FEARnyc Announces Jury for 2017 FestivalFEARnyc Announces Jury for 2017 Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2017

FEARnyc, New York City's premier horror film festival, has announced the Jury for the 2017 festival. FEARnyc is sponsored by Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central. (more...)

28 Años del estreno en Broadway de EL FANTASMA DE LA OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Musicales en el Mundo "EL FANTASMA DE LA OPERA" 28 AÑOS. (more...)

BWW Interview: Dodie Petitt - The Making of Kevin Gray Tribute CD
by Pati Buehler - Jun 18, 2015

'I know I'm who I am today, because I knew you...' This words by the late Kevin Gray come back to him as 150 Broadway colleagues join their voices in song and music as a loving tribute to an artist/teacher and friend who who never knew how loved he was. (more...)

James Barbour Joins Broadway's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Title Role Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

The Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince, welcomes a new leading man tonight, February 9, 2015. The longest-running show in Broadway history, and one of the most successful stage productions of all-time, PHANTOM ushers in Broadway star James Barbour in the title role. (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Gets a New Masked Man- James Barbour Set to Replace Norm Lewis This Winter!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today a new leading man for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber'sTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince. The longest-running show in Broadway history, and one of the most successful stage productions of all-time, PHANTOM will welcome Broadway star James Barbour when he takes over the title role beginning Monday, February 9, 2015. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 6/22/2014
by BWW - Jun 22, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/22/2014 for Houston (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 6/22/2014
by BWW - Jun 22, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/22/2014 for Dallas (more...)

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