Musicals

The stage Musicals of Bernard J Taylor are performed around the world. For sheet music, libretti or production inquiries see Production Info. Some are available on CD for download.

 

 

Backstage at Oz is a comedy musical that follows the backstage antics of a group of six actors and a director who are taking part in a stage production of The Wizard of Oz.

A Christmas Carol The ever-popular Christmas story combines the ghost of Marley with the Ghost of Future Past.

Cinderella’s Makeover A new spin on the Cinderella story, with music bya variety of classical composers plus a modern beat.

The Corporate Pirate of Penzance Incorporates many of the usual narrative elements of a Gilbert and Sullivan story – love across the social barriers, people not being who they seem to be, etc – and weaves them into a more modern story.

The Golden Glee Club is a comedy musical inspired by the Golden Girls. It was first performed at Woodlawn Pointe in San Antonio with a cast of male actors in drag playing the four central characters.

Liberty! The Siege of the Alamo Based on the siege of the Alamo in Texas in 1836, when fewer than 200 men fought for Texan independence against the Mexican army of Santa Anna. Concept album features American and Australian artists.

The Marsh King’s Daughter Based on the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen and is set to music by Mozart arranged and orchestrated by Bernard J. Taylor. It ransacks Mozart’s repertoire for his most well-loved and most beautiful music and puts it all together in a stirring tale of hardships overcome, evil vanquished and opposites attracted.

Make Me a Musical A modern backstage comedy with a Faustian twist and a cynical view of showbiz. Concept recording stars Lon Satton, Claire Moore, Maurice Clarke, and Kathryn Evans.

Much Ado Based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Concept recording stars Paul McGann, Claire Moore, Simon Burke, Janet Mooney, Barry James and Peter Karrie.

New Guy at School A modern version of the classic of the classic novel Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes (the school story that created the framework for all school stories that followed, including  the Harry Potter stories) this musical with a basically rock feel. It is perfect for school productions and addresses a topic that has always been with us and which has been increasingly in the new: bullies and what to do about them.

Nosferatu the Vampire A version of the Dracula tale. Concept recording stars Peter Karrie, Claire Moore, Mario Frangoulis, Mark Wynter and Barry James.

Pride and Prejudice Based on Jane Austen’s novel. Concept recording stars Peter Karrie, Claire Moore, Gay Soper, James Staddon, Janet Mooney and Christopher Biggins.

The Rock ‘n Roll Cafe A distillation of the rock ‘n roll experience of young people in the late 50s, 60s and 70s – the heyday of rock ‘n roll –  with music reminiscent of that era and references to veteran rockers like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Journey and others.

The Road to Madness F. Scott Fitzgerald is interviewed in purgatory by a modern admirer, who feels deep nostalgia for the era that Fitzgerald wrote about, even though she has never known it first hand.

Snow White and the Evil Queen Can anyone stop the evil queen from killing Snow White and gaining total control of everything? The show uses the music of Beethoven.

TRUMAN HARPER is a two-person musical that reflects on a turning point in the lives of Truman Capote and his friend since childhood, Harper Lee. Capote is preparing to write his fact-based novel In Cold Blood, while Harper Lee – know to her friends as Nelle – is awaiting the imminent publication of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Capote seeks Lee’s help in researching the background to the killing of a Kansas family that leads to the arrest and conviction of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. Capote forms a deep attachment to Smith and is devastated when he is hung for the murders of the Kansas family.

Wuthering Heights Based on Emily Brontë’s novel. Concept recording stars Lesley Garrett, Dave Willetts, Clive Carter, Bonnie Langford and Sharon Campbell.