The Boy Who Was Woody Allen is the second collaboration between David Simmons and Geoff Morrow following their sell out production of OBITS at the Canal Theatre in May 2012. Once again they join up with director, Adam Morley.
Geoff Morrow’s songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, The Carpenters, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow and many other top artists. The worldwide standard Can’t Smile Without You, co-written with Chris Arnold and David Martin, has sold over 22 million copies, and received creditation from BMI for being one of only 20 songs to have had over 3 million airplays in America.
In 1972, Geoff and his two partners started producing records as well as writing with artists including Edison Lighthouse, David Essex, Guys ‘n Dolls, Joe Brown and Butterscotch. One of the vocalists on the latter group was actually Geoff, and the record of Don’t You Know was a hit throughout Europe.
In 1990 Geoff bought the Opera House and Palace Theatres in Manchester, and produced numerous shows there. He was also a Director and major shareholder of Caesers Palace, Luton, one of the largest and most well-known cabaret clubs in England with a capacity of 1150 dinner guests.
Geoff has written four musicals which have been produced on the stage. His latest, Legendary Romance, is due to open in New Hampshire next year prior to a Broadway opening. He also writes film screenplays, including Don’t Go Breaking My Heart which starred Anthony Edwards (ER, Top Gun), Tom Conti, Charles Dance and Jenny Seagrove. Filming starts later this year on his latest screenplay, based on the life of Theodor Herzl.
Geoff is 70 and married with 6 children. (He worked a lot from home!)
David was an independent music publisher for over 30 years working with an eclectic range of acts including Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac, John Denver and Culture Club. He is still CEO of Jad Records, Bob Marley’s original label, and supplied a considerable amount of the soundtrack for Marley, the recent documentary movie on the singer’s life, music and legacy.
In 2008, David decided to “move to the other side of the desk” and become a writer himself hoping that some of the stardust from the wonderful talent he had worked with all his life might have rubbed of.
David is currently developing a number of projects including:
2i’s –The Musical – the history of the birthplace of British Rock ‘n Roll at the legendary 2i’s Coffee Bar in Soho; Bolted a TV drama based around the search for a British Usain Bolt; and 67 a semi-autobiographical screen play for cinema telling the story of 1967 Six Day War volunteers of which he was, proudly, one.
He is an avid film and theatre goer and has a ridiculous and juvenile knowledge of 1960’s pop music trivia. He has recently discovered a passion for trees.
Adam Morley is an award winning Director and Producer. His work in film and advertising has twice been nominated at Cannes Lions winning in 2006. He won an Editors Choice Award for best new venue, Edinburgh ’08 and he directed the winning show for Writers Avenue (Seconds) which received a transfer to the Pleasance main house. This year he was awarded Best Director for Theatre & Film” at the fringe report awards 2012.
Adam is the associate director of the Canal Café Theatre and directed this year’s critically acclaimed Edinburgh show to five star reviews and sold out audiences. He has also completed a critically acclaimed UK tour of Great Expectations and returned to the West End to direct Dracula in October, with great success and audience reaction leading to a transfer and a summer tour. Next year he will be directing two further UK and Ireland tours and a run of Lady Windermere’s Fan. He is delighted to be working with Geoff and David once again after directing the very successful short run of Obits at the Canal Café Theatre.