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Broadway actor Wade McCollum to star in the world premiere of It Happened in Key West

Wade McCollum

Casting news

THE first 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, 2018.

Broadway actor Wade McCollum (The Wizard in Wicked) will play eccentric scientist Carl who, after decades of searching for his dream girl, 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…

McCollum was recently nominated for a Best Actor Lucille Lortel Award when he starred off-Broadway as Ernest Shackleton in Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. Previously, he starred as Tick/Mitzi in the first national tour of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert and as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for which he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Backstage’s Garland Award for Best Actor. The production also won an Ovation Award for Best Musical.

In 2012, McCollum was seen Off Broadway as the Velociraptor of Faith in Triassic Parq – the musical. And in New York, he also starred as Jeffrey in Jeffrey at the Sage Theatre and as Nestor le Fripe in Irma la Douce at Musicals Tonight.

A video has been released of McCollum singing the ballad Undying Love from It Happened in Key West. To watch it, click here.

Wade McCollum is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

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