See What I Wanna See – London Premiere

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment
& in association with Jermyn Street Theatre
the London Premiere of the new musical


Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Based on short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
As translated by Takashi Kojima

Pics by Jamie Scott-Smith

Directed by Adam Lenson
Musical Direction by Richard Bates

Set and Costume Design by Simon Anthony Wells

Lighting Design by James Smith

“I only told you the truth.”
– In Feudal Japan, two lovers seek to escape a doomed relationship.
– In 1951 New York, a body is discovered but multiple testimonies of how it ended up there stubbornly refuse to align.

– In 2005 New York, a priest wrestling with his faith orchestrates a hoax that backfires with unexpected results.
See What I Wanna See is a vibrant and provocative new musical that looks at the difference between what we think happened and what actually did.

Comprised of three interlocking stories it asks us to question: do we ever see the truth clearly? Michael John LaChiusa’s beautiful and unexpected music blends a plethora of influences from jazz and salsa to classical and pop into a fluid, cinematic score.
It is a fiercely intelligent, heartfelt piece of theatre unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The show premiered at New York’s Public Theatre in 2005 and starred Idina Menzel
in her first role following her Tony Award winning creation of the part of Elphaba in Wicked.

Michael John LaChiusa is the Tony nominated composer of The Wild Party, Hello Again, Marie Christine, and Giant. The show is based on three short stories by acclaimed Japanese writer Ryu Akutagawa.
Don’t miss the London premiere of this dazzling and seductive new musical.



“…interestingly brilliant and complex musical…”

“See What I Wanna See is thought-provoking, tender, funny and beautiful.”

“Michael John LaChiusa’s score is rich and musically challenging, giving it’s performers the ability to shine with some powerhouse vocals and tight harmonies.”

“From performances to set and lighting, Aria Entertainment’s production goes over and above; perfectly hitting the nail on the head with every aspect.”

“…a powerful challenging and beautiful production.”

“A challenging musical to produce, they have created an astounding work of modern musical theatre that I urge everyone to see.”


Michael John LaChiusa is one of the most intricate, innovative and ground-breaking composers of modern musical theatre”

“The cast are the tightest ensemble I’ve seen on the fringe for some time..”

“..the vocal performances were flawless and aided by an exceptionally tight band..”

“..aided by effective set design and outstanding lighting design…”

“A rare example of one of the finest modern musical theatre composers in a challenging and vital production.”


 “..a chamber musical of constantly changing textures and intense colours about infidelity, faith and different versions of the truth…”

“And now it gets the production you should see..”

“…it is performed with fearless commitment by its five-strong cast and a superb four-piece band..”

“..exhilarating and exceptional..”


Each member of the cast is noteworthy for their talent and versatility..”

8th September-3rd October 2015

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