It has been announced that Broadway actor Wade McCollum will star in the world premiere of the new American romantic musical comedy at the Charing Cross Theatre from the 4th July. 

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Known for playing The Wizard in Wicked, Wade McCollum will play scientist Carl in the upcoming production of Broadway composer Jill Santoriello (A Tale of Two Cities) novelist Jason Huza and Jeremiah James’s musical based on the true events of Key West in the 1930’s. Further casting for the production has yet to be confirmed.

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… 

The production is directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, with the rest of the creative team including designs by  Jamie Roderick (Bandstand, A Time To Kill), sound by Andrew Johnson (The Woman in White, The Play That Goes Wrong, West End and Broadway), costume design by Lisa Zinni (Rent, School of Rock, Cats). It is produced by Jeremiah James, Rashad V. Chambers, Marylou Rothfuss (Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening) and Art Lab LLC.

It Happened in Key West will play at the Charing Cross Theatre from the 4th July until the 18th August. To book tickets visit: Love Theatre.com, From the Box Office, Ticketmaster.co.uk  and  Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk.