‘Has some deeply moving moments’: IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST – Charing Cross Theatre

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Charing Cross Theatre, London – until 8 August 2018

Regular readers will know that my site is all about positivity, and whilst there are many positives with It Happened In Key West, ultimately I felt it a missed opportunity. Inspired by a true story, this new musical comedy left me with so many questions.

Eccentric scientist Carl (Wade McCollum) searched for his ideal women for decades. On finding her she is then lost to him almost immediately as she succumbs to tuberculosis. But the story doesn’t end there…

An intriguing if bizarre story, and the fact that it was inspired by a true set of events makes it even more so. However, I had the overwhelming desire to question the details. To make the audience evaluate possible motives, explore the deep subject matter and such eccentricity is to be applauded. But I felt it over trivialised certain aspects and whilst I obviously don’t want an evening wallowing in grief, the fact that I didn’t seem to have time to appreciate the sense of loss made it, for me, unfulfilling as a piece.

That said the performances are exceedingly good. McCollum as the eccentric scientist makes you believe his performance as does Alyssa Martyn whose pure clear voice is stunning throughout. The movement is precise and captivating in the most part, but a couple of clunky scene changes are a little distracting.

Other noteworthy mentions must go to Sophia Lewis, Johan Munir and Nuno Queimado. However all of the ensemble work as one and for a relatively small space it was an ambitiously large production. I enjoyed the musical numbers with their quirky lyrics and memorable tunes.

In Summary

Unfortunately this production, for me, seemed confused, in what it is trying to achieve. It has some deeply moving moments, which are snatched away all too quickly and replaced by witty lines, thereby losing its potency. Promises to be a good production but it needs to first find its identity and sense of purpose first.

LISTINGS INFO

Jeremiah James, Rashad V. Chambers,
Marylou Rothfuss and Art Lab LLC
present

It Happened in Key West
a new musical comedy

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches
Villiers Street
London
WC2N 6NL

www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk
Box office: 08444 930650

Wednesday 11 July – Saturday 22 September, 2018

Performances
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket prices

Premiums £49.50
Stalls from £34.00
Balcony from £22.50
Slips £17.50

A booking fee applies to phone and internet orders; no booking fee to personal callers

The box office is open from 2 hours before curtain time on performance days for personal callers

www.keywestmusical.com

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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.