Nick most recently worked with Stephen Schwartz on the UK premiere of Rags, working in conjunction with him to rework the shows score and also re-orchestrating it for a cast of actor-musicians. Prior to that, Nick created all-new orchestrations for an actor-musician production of Just So by Stiles and Drewe at The Barn Theatre in Cirencester, winner of The Stage’s fringe theatre of the year award 2018. In summer 2018 he launched his cabaret series RE:arrangement at the iconic Crazy Coqs which went on to tour the UK, and will soon feature onboard the Stages Floating Festival starring Alice Fearn, Noel Sullivan, Kelly Mathieson and Andy Coxon. He was MD on the UK premiere of It's Only Life by acclaimed New York composer John Bucchino, and had a new musical developed for the 2018 From Page To Stage season at Southwark Playhouse. He recently arranged and co-conceived a brand new musical revue featuring the songs of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, comissioned by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber foundation in partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He was Musical Director for the recent production of Company with David Adkin productions, was Musical Supervisor for Privates On Parade at the Union Theatre with Drama Desk Award winner Simon Green, and conducted the premiere of his new version of A Christmas Carol last Christmas. Other recent productions have included new musical Extraordinary for BBC Children In Need, the European premiere of Miller and Tysen's The Burnt Part Boys at the Park Theatre (nominated for Best Musical Director), the first ever London revival of iconic 70s cult hit I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road starring Landi Oshinowo (Shrek, Barnum, Sister Act) and Nicholas Colicos (Mamma Mia, Sister Act) and Maltby and Shire's seminal song-cycle Closer Than Ever. He was West-End star Gina Beck's (Showboat, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Les Miserables) pianist and MD for her Singular Sensation's concert (hosted by Edward Seckerson, BBC Radio), and is musical director for West-End star Alice Fearn (Wicked's Elphaba) for her solo concerts and on her debut album Where I've Been... Where I'm Going.
In the West-End he has assisted on concerts Seasons of Larson and You Won't Succeed On Broadway If You Don't Have Any Jews (also arranging and orchestrating for both). Nick has also orchestrated for concerts at the Curve, Leicester and The Royal Festival Hall (one of his orchestrations was performed under the baton of Maestro winner and all-round national treasure Sue Perkins).
Recent Credits as MD/Composer:
Rags (Hope Mill Theatre), Just So (Barn Theatre Cirencester), To Paint The Earth (Southwark), Much Ado About Nothing (UK and French tour, also as Composer), It's Only Life (Union Theatre), One More Look (Sherman Theatre, also as Orchestrator and Arranger), Company (ACT Aberdeen), A Christmas Carol (Middle Temple Hall, also as Composer), Extraordinary (BBC Children In Need), Privates On Parade (Union Theatre, Musical Supervisor), The Terrible Infants (Wilton's), Wonderland (No.1 UK Tour), The Burnt Part Boys (Park Theatre) – Offie Nominated Best Musical Director, The Comedy Of Errors (French tour and Gray’s Inn Hall, also as Composer), I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road (Jermyn Street) - BroadwayWorld Award Winner for Best Fringe Production, Closer Than Ever (Pheasantry), Princess Ida (Finborough Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Middle Temple Hall), Dick!, Sleeping Booty, Music Hall Menagerie (Leicester Square Theatre)
Recent Credits as Associate/Assistant:
The Stable Gala (Lyric Theatre West End), You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews (St James Theatre, Garrick Theatre West End), Seasons Of Larson (Lyric Theatre West End)
'Under the musical direction of Nick barstow, the cast and the five-piece band sound rousingly true to the "country" idiom.'
The Independent, Burnt Part Boys
'It is a pleasure to hear voices of this calibre acoustically, under Nick Barstow's excellent musical direction.'
WhatsOnStage, It's Only Life
'Barstow is truly a maestro at work which did not go unnoticed by the audience. Alongside the vocal performances this would make a magical cast recording.'
Theatre Weekly, It's Only Life
'‘the cast sing the bluegrass-style songs with tuneful conviction... Expertly sung’
The Stage, The Burnt Part Boys
'Nick Barstow’s musical direction is faultless. The unfamiliar songs are given treatment which is meticulous and full of verve ... the balance is finely judged. The singing throughout is full of beauty, joy and fragrant close harmonies. From full belt topianissimo floating, the cast master every vocal challenge of the fruity, raucous score.'
Live Theatre UK, I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road
'Richard Baker and Nick Barstow perform prodigies of telepathic togetherness to bring Sullivan’s music to brilliant life'
Daily Mail, Princess Ida
'skilful double piano accompaniment - fresh and buoyant'
Mark Shenton, The Stage, Princess Ida
'To accomplish a show such as Closer Than Ever, one must not only master such an understanding of musicality, but also be able to impart this onto a cast that can also perform and gel well with each other and the audience. Nick Barstow does an absolutely superb job with this.'
A Younger Theatre, Closer Than Ever
'Nick Barstow is an engaging personality with a winning manner... His skills as pianist and arranger manifest in the two dozen or so songs that he put into this evening'
Musical Theatre Review, Nick Barstow and Friends
'One of theatre's most exciting young musical talents'
Broadway World, Nick Barstow and Friends
'this production is a sparkling extravaganza of prohibition-era costumes and jazzy tunes played live by a brilliant cast'
Everything Theatre, The Comedy Of Errors
'Bright, talented and sharp'
The ReviewsHub, Nick Barstow and Friends