It Happened in Key West ★★★✰✰
Sometimes you walk into a show and you know exactly what to expect and sometimes you don’t have a clue .. It happened in Key West is the latter.
Based on a true story, it follows the story of Count Carl von Cosel (Wade McCollum), a scientist from Germany who washes up on a beach in Key West, Florida and finds him self working as a radiologist in the local hospital, there he finds his true love, Elena (Alyssa Martyn), who’s suffering from tuberculosis.
When you walk into the theatre you’re greate with a character on stage playing a guiter, the sea projected on the wall behind him and the sounds of waves and seagulls can be heard.
Reading the begining synopsis of this musical, you expect a love story, however, when Elena dies that’s where this show starts to get a bit ... different.
Von Cosel, a real life character, dug Elena's body up and lived with it for 7 years and this show follows that story from beginning to end.
McCollum worked well with what he was given, he portrayed the friendliness, the longing and the hurt of his character yet he was still funny and Martyn was great as the innocent young Elena.
Written by Jill Santorillo, you could tell how much she wanted to add comedy to an otherwise dark story and it worked.
There’s a song in this musical called ‘At the end of the world’ and I thought it was a little unnecessary and I wasn’t quite sure why it was there, I didn’t feel like it added anything to the story and I felt myself cringing at the whole performance.
I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this musical, I’ve never walked out a show wondering what had just happened but I did with this. I’m honestly not sure it needed to be made and although the actors were 5* I’m not too sure this musical was.
If you want a bit of a laugh and you’re in the Charing Cross area, I would suggest it, however, I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it.
No matter how well the voices of the actors are and how well even the most cringing moments are acted out.
It happened in Key West is currently playing at the Charing Cross Theatre until 18th August.