Final casting is announced for It Happened in Key West, a major new romantic comedy musical, which will get its world premiere at London’s Charing Cross Theatre in a strictly limited seven-week season from Wednesday 4 July. Check ticket availability
It Happened in Key West 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 life...
Joining the previously announced Broadway actor Wade McCollum (The Wizard in Wicked) as Carl is Alyssa Martyn as the tragic love of his life, Elena.
Alyssa Martyn originated the role of Amelia in the premiere of new musical The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Landor Theatre/St James Theatre Studio). Her other roles include playing Gazer in The Cagebirds (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio), Marty in Grease, Ariel in Footloose, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre), and The Mikado (Charing Cross Theatre).
Wade McCollum was recently nominated for a Best Actor Lucille Lortel Award starring off-Broadway as Ernest Shackleton in Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. Previously, he starred as Tick/Mitzi in the first national tour of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert and as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for which he garnered the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Backstage’s Garland Award for Best Actor and an Ovation Award for Best Musical. In 2012 Wade was seen Off Broadway as the Velociraptor of Faith in Triassic Parq - the musical. In New York he also starred as Jeffrey in Jeffrey at the Sage Theatre and as Nestor le Fripe in Irma la Douce at Musicals Tonight.
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.
Val Adams’ roles include Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera and Heidi in Smile, the Musical.
Miguel Angel recently played Ritchie Valens and Tyrone Jones in The Buddy Holly Story (West End, UK, US and Canadian tours), Sasha Regan’s All Male HMS Pinafore (UK tour).
Alexander Barria recently played Goya in Carmen 1808 (Union Theatre).
Mary-Jean Caldwell is a recent graduate of Guildford School of Acting making her professional debut.
Andrea Golinucci is a graduate of Royal Central making his professional debut.
Siwan Henderson is a recent graduate of Mountview making her professional debut
Sophia Lewis was swing Mayor/Sarah in The Toxic Avenger (Arts Theatre), Roza in Glasgow Girls (UK Tour/National Theatre of Scotland).
Guido Garcia Lueches was Jason in the musical Ordinary Days and The Baker in Into The Woods.
Hannah McIver is a recent graduate of Guildford School of Acting making her professional debut.
Ross McLaren was Chadwick in Elf the Musical and Nick in Big the Musical (both Plymouth Theatre Royal), Sid Phillips in Singin’ in the Rain
(Theatre du Chatelet).
Johan Munir was recently Professor Bhaer in Little Women (Hope Theatre).
Nuno Queimado’s musical credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre).
It Happened in Key West 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.
Press night is Tuesday 10 July at 7.30pm.
Richard Curtis crossed with Tim Burton, 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!).
It Happened in Key West has Book, Music and Lyrics By Jill Santoriello, Book and Additional Lyrics by Jason Huza, Book and Original Concept by Jeremiah James.It will be directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, who has staged almost 400 productions across the US, earning multiple awards and nominations.
Charing Cross Theatre
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Wednesday 11 July - Saturday 18 August, 2018
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Wednesday 4 July at 7.30pm
Thursday 5 July at 7.30pm
Friday 6 July at 7.30pm
Saturday 7 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Monday 9 July at 7.30pm
Tuesday 10 July at 7.30pm
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