Peter Charles MorrisMod Musings & Groovy Gab
West End/Off-Broadway: West End Forbidden Broadway, Meneir Chocolate Factory, Missed Connections (The Ohio Theatre), Shout! The Mod Musical, Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking, Forbidden Hollywood, Lost in Utopia (HERE Theatre), Whoop-Dee-Doo (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue), The Road to Qatar (YorkTheatre Company), Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey(Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue), When Pigs Fly (as Assoc. Director to Mark Waldrop), Miss Pretty Hard (Dance Theater Workshop), Forbidden Broadway 1988–93. London: Kean (nominated for Evening Standard Award, Best Musical), Forbidden Broadway (The Albery), Shout!, Frankly Scarlett; Listen to the Wind, Much Revue About Nothing, Forbidden Broadway, The Famous Five, The Arcadians). Regionally: Forum (5th Ave Theatre, Seattle), Best Little Whorehouse, Footloose, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Annie Get Your Gun, California Suite, American Waltz, Spontaneous Combustion, Vital Components, The Secret Garden (Paper Mill). As a playwright he is currently hard at work on Thrilling Pulp and The Wheels of Chance.
He is the co-creator/choreographer of SHOUT!, THE MOD MUSICAL, which ran in London, off- Broadway, on the Norwegian Cruise Lines, and plays in regional theaters across the country.
Off-Broadway, David’s choreography has been featured in the Drama Desk award-winning HOWARD CRABTREE’S WHOOP-DEE-DOO!, ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, ANYTHING COLE, and SING FOR YOUR SUPPER. Regionally David directed DAMN YANKEES, directed/choreographed THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL and MY MOTHER’S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING, for The Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival/Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.
He staged THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at the Gateway Playhouse, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Syracuse Stage, as well as numerous productions in summer stock. On television he staged Vanessa Williams’ “Christmas Special” for ABC. David directed BERLIN TO BROADWAY, SUEUSSICAL!, KISS ME KATE, and OKLAHOMA! for SU DRAMA and choreographed LUCKY STIFF and I LOVE YOU BECAUSE. David is Artist in Residence at Cazenovia College where he directed/choreographed SWEET CHARITY, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, OLIVER, SEUSSICAL, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, BYE, BYE BIRDIE. GREASE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (SALT Award – Director of the Year), DEAD MAN WALKING, CHICAGO, GODSPELL, and OUR TOWN.
As a performer he has been part of 7 original Broadway casts and several off-Broadway, national touring, and regional productions. He has taught audition technique and theater dance for CAP 21/NYU and Le Moyne College. David is a full time Professor of Practice in the Musical Theater Program of Syracuse University’s Drama Department. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater from Syracuse University.
Peter Charles Morris
Peter Charles Morris is the co-author and co-lyricist of Howard Crabtree’s Whoop-Dee-Doo!, winner of the 1994 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue. His musicalization of The Adventures of Mottel, based on Sholom Aleichem’s last book, was commissioned by the Kaufman Cultural Arts Center of New York and performed at Merkin Hall in March 2007. Other produced works include Frankly, Scarlett, a farce co-authored with Phillip George, about the making of Gone with the Wind; The Remarkable Ruth Fields, a musical comedy about the trials and tribulations of a bearded lady, which received five 1992 Backstage Bistro Awards; Listen to the Wind, the 1995 revival of the 1955 British musical for which he fashioned a new libretto; Escape from Pterodactyl Island, seen on the London Fringe and at the NY Fringe Festival; and High Hair & Jalapenos, an original musical revue lampooning Texas. His musical version of William Makepeace Thackeray’s fairy tale novella The Rose and the Ring premiered in London in December 2001, and had an international tour of Canada, England and Australia in 2004. He has written numerous one-act plays, winning the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Competition for The World’s Longest Kiss. His full-length play No Place Like Home premiered at South Carolina’s Trustus Theatre in 2004. He served as script consultant for My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, which was performed at NY’s City Center and subsequently aired on PBS. Currently, his musical for young audiences, Kid Frankenstein, will be produced by NYC’s Vital Theatre in October 2017; and his dance musical, Gotta Getta Girl, is under option to Amas Musical Theater. Mr. Morris is an alumnus of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.