Barry Keating wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical Starmites. The show was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is published in several versions by Samuel French. His gospel/rap/rock Jungle Book (written with David Schechter) opened to unanimous raves at The New Victory Theatre on the New 42nd Street and toured the country for several years for TheatreWorks USA.
He graduated with honors from Amherst College where he directed Jim Steinman's Dream Engine, which he later directed and starred in at the Kennedy Center (re-titled Neverland). In the mid 1980s he wrote The Muppet Babies' Magic Box, working closely with Jim Henson to create a multimedia, live-action puppet extravaganza which played Madison Square Garden and major U.S. arenas.
He wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the MAC Award-nominated cabaret Hollywood Opera and performed it for several years at New York's legendary The Ballroom and Don't Tell Mama's.
Two eco musicals followed: The Slick of '76—A Musical Catastrophe (co-written with David Schechter), about an infamous oil spill, and The Garbage Can-tata (with Jon Lonoff), a live action/puppet piece about solid waste disposal, performed throughout New York City schools, subsequently produced as a film by the United Nations, and also published by Samuel French.
Mr. Keating was the director for Penn & Teller's first stage show, and with Jim Steinman he wrote the musical Rhinegold based on Wagner's Das Rheingo.