It Happened in Key West, 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, is to get its world premiere at London’s Charing Cross Theatre in a strictly limited seven-week season from 4 July to 22 September 2018 (press night is 10 July).
The musical 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…
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, with book, music and lyrics by Santoriello, book and additional lyrics Huza, book and original concept by James, will be directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, who has staged almost 400 productions across the US, earning multiple awards and nominations.
Also in the creative team are production designer Jamie Roderick, sound designer Andrew Johnson, costume designer Lisa Zinni and musical director Andrew Hopkins, with orchestrations by Robert Felstein. Cast to be announced.