Steve Barton, who played Raoul in both the original London and Broadway productions of “The Phantom of the Opera,” died July 21 of heart failure in Bremen, Germany, where he was making a recording. He was 47.
He originated the role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical when it opened in London in 1986 and appeared with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman when it debuted on Broadway two years later. Barton also played the title role on Broadway for nine months in 1990.
Most of his career was spent in Europe, where he recently portrayed the Beast in an Austrian production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and originated the role of Count von Krolock in Jim Steinman’s “Dance of the Vampires” in Vienna in 1997.
He also appeared in the Broadway musical “The Red Shoes,” which had a short run in 1993. His television credits included “The Young and the Restless” and “Another World.”
Barton is survived by his wife, a son, a brother and a sister.