The evening at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village will benefit Wing & Drop Co., a new theatre company. Morris helped create Shout!, Escape from Pterodactyl Island and Whoop-De Doo!.
Bring Me a Dwarf will feature performances by Carter Calvert (Forbidden Broadway), Tommy Femia (Judy Garland Live), Blake Hammond (Hairspray), Jay Rogers (My Deah), Alyssa Chase, Erin Crosby, Katrina Denney, Tim Dolan, Paul Flanagan, Ruben Flores, Keith Gerchak, Erica Jacob, Jared Scott, Cecilia Seresa, Nic Thompson, Deborah Tranelli and Jake Warnecke.
With music by David Caldwell, Mat Eisenstein, Ethan Fein, Dick Gallagher, Michael Jeffrey, Matthew Ward (and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky), the concert is directed by Phillip George (Forbidden Broadway, Shout!).
The creative team also includes David Caldwell (musical director), Fred Hemminger (stage manager) and Philip Heckman (costume coordinator).
Showtime is 8 PM March 19. The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street. Tickets, priced at $20, can be reserved by calling (212) 769-6825 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. *
Wing & Drop Co. is a new not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to the preservation, creation, and presentation of "highly theatrical stage comedies." Operating under the umbrella of Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, producing artistic director, Rosetta LeNoire, founder), the company "embraces the traditions of farce, burlesque, comic operetta, satire, parody, camp, and musical comedy."
Peter Charles Morris is primarily a playwright and lyricist. He 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. Escape from Pterodactyl Island, a sci-fi musical adventure for which he wrote book and lyrics, premiered in London in 1999 and had its first American production at the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival. 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; and Listen to the Wind, the 1995 revival of the 1955 British musical for which he fashioned a new libretto. 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 early 2004. He has written numerous one-act plays, winning the 2003 Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Competition for The World's Longest Kiss. He has also contributed lyrics to several revues.
His full-length play Come On-a My House premiered at South Carolina's Trustus Theatre in August 2004. He served as script consultant for My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, which was performed at New York's City Center and subsequently aired on PBS.