It Happened in Key West at Charing Cross Theatre tickets
It Happened in Key West at Charing Cross Theatre tickets

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About the show

In 1930’s Key West, German x-ray scientist Carl falls in love with a married woman he is treating for tuberculosis. Despite her illness and marital status, the eccentric young man is determined to win her over no matter what. His obsessive and immoral behavior scandalised the town.

Jill Santoriello’s haunting, thrilling new musical It Happened in Key West documents this true story, which saw Carl Tanzer take home Elena’s body to fix her into his dream woman.

Romanticising the well-known story, the musical becomes a story of devotion, love and determination, though the disturbing and macabre aspects are not ignored. The all-American creative team are thrilled to bring this production to the UK for its world premiere after an initial workshop run rural America.

American actor Wade McCollum stars as Carl, opposite Alyssa Martin as Elena. Further casting includes 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 is created by award-winning composer Jill Santoriello, with additional lyrics and a book by Jason Huza and Jeremiah James. Santoriello’s previous credits include A Tale of Two Cities, which was nominated for a 2008 Out Critics Circle Award, three Drama Desk Awards and a Drama League Nomination before it headed to Broadway. Santoriello is one of only two women in Broadway’s history to write the book, music and lyrics of a musical.

More recently, she worked with playwright John Patrick Shanley on Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. Other members of the creative team include costumer designer Lisa Zinni, animator Brendan Huza and musical director Robert Felstein. Artistic Director of Fulton Opera House, Marc Robin, directs the production.

This equally remarkable and horrifying story is certainly unique inspiration for a romantic comedy musical. The 8-week run is sure to shake up the usual summer landscape of West End offers, running at the Charing Cross Theatre from 4 July to 18 August 2018.

Recommended for

Those interested in new writing and new musical theatre, American theatre and history repurposed for the stage will want to catch this premiere.

Age Recommendations: No under 12's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 04 Jul 2018
Booking from: 18 Aug 2018
Booking until: 18 Aug 2018

Location and map

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NG

24 Reviews Add review

Evelyne 41 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I found it a macabre joy.....though after I got home I did find that in the cold light of day, it might not be to everyone’s tastes.... More

Badwolf 7”8, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Well this one was an unexpected little gem. How the heck do you sensitively tell this remarkable, true story of love, death and concealing... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 74 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Based on a true story, this show tells the story of eternal love. It is mind-boggling to think this is based on a true story, and this... More

YM 168, 134 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Nice music and some great actors involved but for something billed as a 'comedy musical' it could have been a lot funnier!

rochellebalboa 5"9, 130 reviews, 25 helpful votes

saracasalengua 160cm, 68 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Went with a completely open mind as didn't know what to expect and I really enjoyed the show. Music and songs were very well done,... More

angeladann 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Based on a true story, it is a bit weird to make a musical out of it. The actors were really good, had great chemistry and amazing... More

christajensen 5"1, 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

What a crazy idea for a musical. An x-ray technician falls in love with a patient who dies from TB. He pays for her funeral, then digs... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes