Bernard J. Taylor has had more than 100 worldwide productions of his shows – both musicals and non-musical plays – in more than a dozen countries. Apart from a reading of his short play I’m Not Gay! by the Village Playwrights in June this year, A Question of Murder at the Hudson Theatre in Manhattan will be the first of his works performed in New York. His early works were chronicled in the Encyclopedia of Film and Stage Music. In 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow by the Victoria College of Music and Drama for “services to music and the performing arts”. His first musical – an adaptation of Wuthering Heights based on the classic novel by Emily Brontë.– was first taken up by a company that produced Children of Eden in London first and when it flopped badly that was the end of them as producers. Wuthering Heights was then taken up by the Theatre Division (the company that broke away from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group) headed by Biddy Hayward and Prince Edward. They went bankrupt after first putting on two straight plays before they had a chance to stage Wuthering Heights. This was obviously a huge disappointment, but Taylor kept writing and composing and began to reach a creative peak about eight years ago. He believes he has produced hid best work in recent years, concentrating more on plays than musicals.
Recent years have been the most prolific creative period he has known. Three of his recent shows in San Antonio won six awards at the 2016 ATAC awards (San Antonio’s equivalent of the Tony Awards) and he was given his own theatre in San Antonio. He has eighteen productions of his works – including five world premieres – scheduled for the next year and a half in the USA, Japan, Australia and the UK.