Larry Taylor was born in Akron Ohio in 1946. He grew up in Anaheim, California then moved to New York City in 1966. In his early career he was a singer, touring with Dorothy Collins, Gig Young and others, and he was one of Judy Garlands’ back-up singers during her last New York appearance.
Mr. Taylor was printing coordinator and office manager for the Chelsea Music Service, Inc. In his position he handled the music for such popular shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables and many others. He also served as music librarian for such artists as Liza Minelli, Chita Rivera, Dolly Dawn and Roberta Peters. He died in March 1991.
Billy Matthews was born in Austin, Texas in 1920. While a student at the University of Texas he was associated with several musical comedy productions. He graduated with a Bachelor of fine Arts degree in 1942. In 1946 Mr. Matthews produced and directed historical pageants for the Texas and New Mexico State Centennial Committees.
His long and successful experience as a director and production stage manager since then includes work with Broadway and National companies, and with a broad range of university, stock and dinner theaters. A highlight of his career was his production of “Oklahoma” for the White House during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. He died in January 1997.
A resident of Greenwich Village, Terry Miller had an eclectic career as a writer, photographer, collector, researcher and historian. He majored in theater at Boston University, and later contributed articles on the theater to newspapers, magazines and encyclopedias. He collected so many LP recordings, tapes, scores, scripts and playbills that his collection filled 98 cartons. The family of Mr. Miller donated his musical theater collection to the University of Miami after his death in 1995 at age 47. This gift has been added to the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive.