CHARING CROSS THEATRE
(formerly the New Players Theatre)
IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST (musical)
Ends 18th August 2018.
It Happened in Key West, a major new romantic comedy musical by award-winning
Broadway composer Jill Santoriello (A Tale of Two Cities) novelist Jason Huza
and Jeremiah James, a member of international recording group Teatro, is to get
its world premiere at London’s Charing Cross Theatre.
It is inspired by
shocking true events that rocked the tiny island of Key West in the 1930s. After
decades of searching for his dream girl, eccentric scientist Carl finally finds
Elena, only to lose the young beauty to the fatal disease of tuberculosis. But
for Carl, the eternal optimist, death is only the beginning. He steals Elena’s
body from the graveyard and takes her home, embarking on the most ambitious
“fixer upper” project in history as he tries to bring his beloved back to
Funny, shocking and deeply moving, this new American musical will make you
re-examine what you believe about the nature of love, loyalty and commitment
(either to a person or an asylum!).
The Original London Cast recording will be released on November 5th 2018 on
all digital and streaming formats.
Broadway actor Wade McCollum (The Wizard in Wicked) will play scientist Carl.
Below, he sings the ballad "Undying Love" from the show:
Joining him is Alyssa Martyn as the tragic love of his life, Elena.
The other 12 members of the ensemble are: Val Adams, Miguel Angel, Alexander
Barria, Mary-Jean Caldwell, Andrea Golinucci, Siwan Henderson, Sophia Lewis,
Guido Garcia Lueches, Hannah McIver, Ross McLaren, Johan Munir, Nuno Queimado.
It Happened in Key West, with Book, Music and Lyrics By Jill Santoriello, Book
and Additional Lyrics by Jason Huza, Book and Original Concept by Jeremiah
James, will be directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, who has staged almost
400 productions across the US, earning multiple awards and nominations.
Rest of the creative team: Production Designer Jamie Roderick (Bandstand, A Time
To Kill). Sound Designer Andrew Johnson (The Woman in White, The Play That Goes
Wrong, West End and Broadway). Costume Designer Lisa Zinni (Rent, School of
Rock, Cats). Musical Director Andrew Hopkins. Orchestrations Robert Felstein
(The Fantasticks). UK casting Neil Rutherford. Producers: Jeremiah James, Rashad
V. Chambers, Marylou Rothfuss (Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening) and Art Lab
LLC. UK General Management: Guy Kitchenn and David Adkin Ltd.
Photo credit: Darren Bell. Used by kind permission.
Not available. Reports are that this is a strange subject, with decent enough
songs and very good performances. The problem is that the second half is nowhere
near as strong as the first, and thus a pretty hard sell given what it deals
with. The monkey hopes to catch the show at some point to make up its own mind,
but for the moment the professional view seems to be that it works hard and
almost achieves what it sets out to do for the most part.