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Full casting announced for It Happened in Key West at Charing Cross Theatre

Alyssa Martyn

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the world premiere production of It Happened in Key West, which runs at Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited seven-week season – from Thursday, July 4 to August 18, 2018.

It Happened in Key West 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…

Joining the previously announced Broadway actor Wade McCollum (The Wizard in Wicked) as Carl is Alyssa Martyn as the tragic love of his life, Elena.

Alyssa Martyn originated the role of Amelia in the premiere of new musical The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Landor Theatre/St James Theatre Studio). Her other theatre credits include Gazer in The Cagebirds (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio), Marty in Grease, Ariel in Footloose, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre), and The Mikado (Charing Cross Theatre).

The other 12 members of the ensemble are Val Adams, Miguel Angel, Alexander Barria, Mary-Jean Caldwell, Andrea Golinucci, Siwan Henderson, Sophia Lewis, Guido Garcia Lueches, Hannah McIver, Ross McLaren, Johan Munir and Nuno Queimado.

Val Adams’ roles include Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera and Heidi in Smile, the Musical.

Miguel Angel’s recent credits include playing Ritchie Valens and Tyrone Jones in The Buddy Holly Story (West End, UK, US and Canadian tours), plus Sasha Regan’s all male HMS Pinafore (UK tour).

The cast of It Happened in Key West

Alexander Barria recently played Goya in Carmen 1808 (Union Theatre).

Sophia Lewis was swing Mayor/Sarah inThe Toxic Avenger (Arts Theatre) and Roza in Glasgow Girls (UK Tour/National Theatre of Scotland).

Guido Garcia Lueches was Jason in the musical Ordinary Days and The Baker in Into The Woods.

Ross McLaren was Chadwick in Elf the Musical and Nick in Big the Musical (both Plymouth Theatre Royal) and Sid Phillips in Singin’ in the Rain (Theatre du Chatelet).

Johan Munir was recently Professor Bhaer in Little Women (Hope Theatre).

Nuno Queimado’s musical credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre) and From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre).

Mary-Jean Caldwell, Andrea Golinucci, Siwan Henderson and Hannah McIver are all making their professional debut in It Happened in Key West.

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