Directed by Jeff Whiting with musical direction by Robert Felstein, the cast will also feature Joe Carroll (Cinderella), Tony Chiroldes (In the Heights), Joseph Dellger ( Porgy and Bess ), Brandon Espinoza (Tuck Everlasting), Dan Fenaughty (Addams Family), Deirdre Friel (Leap of Faith), Henry Gainza (On Your Feet!), Omar Lopez-Cepero (On Your Feet!), Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet!), Stephanie Lynn Mason (Fiddler on the Roof), Rob Richardson (A Tale of Two Cities), Maggie Rodriguez (Aida) and Heather Jane Rolff (Shrek).
It Happened in Key West has music and lyrics by Jill Santoriello (A Tale of Two Cities, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Musical), book by Jason Huza (Wrapped in Pink), Santoriello and actor/producer Jeremiah James (West End revival of Carousel, The Fantasticks ), who also conceived the project. Additional lyrics are by Jason Huza.
The romantic comedy musical, according to press notes, is “inspired by shocking true events that rocked the tiny island of Key West in the 1930s. After decades of searching for the dream girl of his boyhood visions, 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.”
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Watch Courtney Reed and her Aladdin co-star Adam Jacobs sing “A Whole New World”: