Alyssa Martyn and Wade McCollum Will Star in World Premiere of New Musical It Happened in Key West

London News   Alyssa Martyn and Wade McCollum Will Star in World Premiere of New Musical It Happened in Key West
Performances begin at London’s Charing Cross Theatre July 4.
Alyssa Martyn and Wade McCollum
Alyssa Martyn and Wade McCollum

Casting is complete for the previously announced world premiere of the new romantic musical comedy It Happened in Key West, which will begin previews July 4 at London’s Charing Cross Theatre.

The cast will be headed by Broadway actor Wade McCollum (Wicked, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me), who reprises his performance as Carl after an earlier developmental lab, and Alyssa Martyn (The Clockmaker's Daughter) as the tragic love of his life, Elena.

The cast will also include Val Adams, Miguel Angel, Alexander Barria, Mary-Jean Caldwell, Andrea Golinucci, Siwan Henderson, Sophia Lewis, Guido Garcia Lueches, Hannah McIver, Ross McLaren, Johan Munir, and Nuno Queimado.

It Happened in Key West has a score by Jill Santoriello and additional lyrics by Jason Huza; the two also co-wrote the book with original creator Jeremiah James. It is directed and choreographed by Marc Robin.


Inspired by true events that rocked the tiny island of Key West in the 1930s, the musical concerns eccentric scientist Carl, who falls for Elena, only to lose the young beauty to tuberculosis. But for Carl, the eternal optimist, death is only the beginning. He steals Elena’s body from the graveyard and takes her home.

The creative team also includes production designer Jamie Roderick, costume designer Lisa Zinni, projection designer Louise Rhoades-Brown, sound designer Andrew Johnson, musical director Andrew Hopkins, and orchestrator Robert Felstein. U.K. is by casting Neil Rutherford.

Performances continue through August 18.

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