Broadway actor Wade McCollum (The Wizard in Wicked) will play scientist Carl in It Happened in Key West which receives its world premiere at London’s Charing Cross Theatre in a seven-week season from 4 July 2018 (press night is 10 July).
It Happened in Key West is a major 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 recording group Teatro.
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.
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…
It Happened in Key West has book, music and lyrics by Santoriello, book and additional lyrics by Huza, and book and original concept by James. The show is 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. Orchestrations are by Robert Felstein.
Wade 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 Wade 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.