WH Reviews

SOME OPINIONS ABOUT TRANSFORMATION

Wonderful melodies – great lyrics – mesmerizing arrangements. I especially like the use of language in the lyrics, to cover the main issue of each song. Really well done, each of them. And insightful in terms of what that character is experiencing/thinking/feeling. Moving story. – Darlene Bridge Lofgren, screenwriter.

The show combines the dramatic qualities and the timeless melodic strengths of Les Miserables with the more experimental content of Sondheim.  – Stewart Thompson, senior examiner, Victoria School of Music and Drama, London (which recently made me an honorary fellow for my “services to music and the performing arts”).

 “Bernard has a true gift for melody. He writes original and catchy songs that stay in one’s mind. His musical style is natural and refreshing’. – Matthew Freeman, leading British orchestral conductor and arranger.

 I love the story concept since it has a journey for the central character which many new shows lack.  Bravo.  It is such a great work and I relate to it completely. – Lee Cusenbary, San Antonio theatre director, ATAC judge and musicals aficionado.

Transformation once again shows Bernard Taylor’s immense talent.  The ‘character’ songs are engaging and the story line through song is particularly inspiring.  Transformation is a musical of this age showing that one can overcome personal circumstances to achieve greatness. Bernard Taylor is the driving force behind some of the most exciting musical theater being produced. If one was to hear the name, Bernard J. Taylor, you had best run to the box office and get a ticket. I guarantee you will not regret it – Prof Edward Figgins, former Director of the J.B. Sowards Theatre, Ashland, Kentucky

 Transformation touches on a lot of universal truths about economic deprivation, failed relationships, dysfunctional families, victims of aggression, the hopelessness and the despair of those who have no-one to defend them. A lot of people will identify with all that – Williy King, friend and supporter.

 I am again impressed by your facility for writing narrative lyrics that fit so well with the music and the story without drawing attention to themselves in the way that some modern lyrics do.  Professor Hugh McCracken, former Professor of Literature at Youngstown University, USA

 I remember Herbert Kretzmer saying something on BBC Radio  about your score for Wuthering Heights having the sweep of a great novel. I think the score for Transformation is even more impressive, maybe even a landmark in musical theatre like Showboat, West Side Story and Les Miz. It has a monumental quality. – Alan Turner, friend, supporter and musicals aficionado.

Lush and lyrical, an operatic exploration of today’s troubling social issues. – “Backstage Writer”, theatre blogger based in Cleveland, Ohio.