It Happened In Key West takes risks which more often than not, pay off. As beguiling as it is macabre, this morbid musical comedy needs to be seen to be believed.
It Happened in Key West has some deeply moving moments which are snatched away all too quickly and replaced by witty lines, thereby losing its potency. It promises to be a good production, but it needs to first find its identity and sense of purpose first.
If you’re in the Charing Cross area, want a bit of a laugh and want to see a wild story on stage, I would suggest It Happened in Key West.
Andrew Lloyd Webber came up twice in conversation at this week’s post-show for It Happened in Key West. The second pertained to the title of the show which, many years ago, when Jeremiah James was first inspired by a late-night television documentary about Count Carl von Cosel.
If It Happened in Key West had been treated more like a gothic musical (which quite a few of the songs hinted at) about grief, love and loss it would have been stronger. But as it is by adding a quirky sense of humour to it makes it seem as though it is trivialising the serious issues that the true story contains.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 11 July 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock quizzes the team behind the world premiere of the new US musical comedy It Happened in Key West, based on an incredible true story. Got any questions?