The romantic comedy musical is inspired by shocking true events that rocked the tiny island of Key West in the 1930s. After decades of searching for the dream girl of his boyhood visions, 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. Funny, shocking and deeply moving, this musical will make you re-examine what you believe about the nature of love, loyalty and commitment (either to a person or an asylum...)
The show announced a developmental lab at The Fulton Opera House for four performances from August 25-27. With music and lyrics by Jill Santoriello (A Tale of Two Cities, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Musical). Book is by Jason Huza (Wrapped in Pink), Santoriello and actor/producer Jeremiah James (West End Revival of Carousel, The Fantasticks ) who also conceived the project. Additional Lyrics are by Jason Huza. The reading is directed by Marc Robin, the Fulton's artistic director, will direct the production, with music direction by Kevin David Thomas.
The cast included Wade McCollum (Wicked, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me), Elena Ramos Pascullo, Dave Droxler, Courtney Warford, Roxanne Daneman, Anna DeBlasio, Connor McGiffin, Spencer Micetich, Anson J.H. Woodin, Ryan Neal Green, Michael Fisher, and Casey Furlong.