It Happened in Key West - Charing Cross Theatre

Monday 4 June 2018

London West End - Musicals - Shows

Final casting has been announced for It Happened in Key West, a major new American romantic musical comedy which gets its world premiere at Charing Cross Theatre in a limited season from 4 July.
It Happened in Key West at the Charing Cross Theatre

Image: Charing Cross Theatre

It Happened in Key West is a 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.

The musical will get its world premiere at Charing Cross Theatre in a limited seven-week season from 4 July.

Directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, who has staged almost 400 productions across the US, earning multiple awards and nominations, It Happened in Key West is inspired by true events that rocked the tiny island of Key West in the 1930s.

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.

Broadway actor Wade McCollum (The Wizard in Wicked) has been cast as scientist Carl.

Here's a video of him singing the ballad 'Undying Love' from the show ...

Mr 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 won an Ovation Award for Best Musical.

In 2012 Mr McCollum 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.

Joining Mr McCollum is Alyssa Martyn as the tragic love of his life, Elena.

It Happened in Key West - Charing Cross Theatre

Alyssa Martyn plays Elena

Ms 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).

The other 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.

Cast of It Happened in Key West - Charing Cross Theatre

It Happened in Key West - other cast members

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 is the true 1930's story of an x-ray technician who meets the girl he has been envisioning and desperately seeking since he was a teen, only to diagnose her with tuberculosis and learn that she is married.

How can he win over the woman he has sought all his life and save her from a certain death?

What follows are his desperate and unorthodox attempts to save her life at all costs, and the undying love he displays when she succumbs to her illness.

Does this undying love show devotion beyond measure, the purest of loves?

Or a sick, macabre sensibility?

This true story stirred and divided the Key West community with intrigue, disgust, sympathy and romanticism over the scientist who became hopelessly inseparable from the woman of his dreams.

Funny, surprising, sentimental and heartwarming - this is like no musical you have ever seen!



Wade McCollum as Carl

Alyssa Martyn as Elena


Val Adams - Nurse

Miguel Angel - Dr Lombard/ Troubadour

Alexander Barria - Papa/ Sheriff

Mary-Jean Caldwell - Mama

Andrea  Golinucci - Swing

Siwan Henderson - Swing

Sophia Lewis - Nana

Guido Garcia Lueches - Luis/ Troubadour

Hannah McIver - Celia

Ross McLaren - Tom/ Troubadour

Johan Munir - Mario

Nuno Queimado - Enrique/ Lungu/ Judge


Author: Jill Santoriello and Jason Huza; book and Original Concept by Jeremiah James
Composer: Jill Santoriello, Robert Felstein (Orchestrator)
Lyricist: Jill Santoriello, additional Lyrics by Jason Huza
Director: Marc Robin
Designer: Jamie Roderick
Costume designer: Lisa Zinni
Musical direction: Andrew Hopkins
Choreography: Marc Robin
Sound: Andrew Johnson
Video designer: Louise Rhoades-Brown
Production: Jeremiah James, Rashad V. Chambers, Marylou Rothfuss and Art Lab LLC


Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches
Villiers Street


From: Wednesday 4 July 2018

Closed: Saturday 18 August 2018


Standard: From £15


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