Ben Harrison

author, musician, playwright

“A distinctive voice with a delightful sense of humor and story telling ability. His songs paint a picture. His books and musicals are fueled by a wonderful sense of the ridiculous.

Valentine's Day 2018 through March 3rd, 2018 @ The Studios of Key West

Book & Music: Ben Harrison

Director: Richard Grusin

Musical Director: Larry Baeder

Undying Love: The musical

"Key West is known for strange, but the story of “Count” Carl von Cosel just might be the strangest of them all. Von Cosel, a radiologist, achieved international fame in 1940 when the corpse of his true love (and former tuberculosis patient) Elena Milagro Hoyos was discovered in his secluded house on Flager Ave., where he’d kept her preserved for seven long and amorous years.

Writer/musician/playwright Ben Harrison penned the definitive account of this true macabre love story in his nonfiction book, Undying Love, which earned him a spot in front of national audiences on the Howard Stern Show and This American Life. Originally performed at the Appelrouth Grill in 1999, Undying Love: The Musical distills the atmosphere of Key West in the 1930’s, and perfectly melds the pathos of von Cosel’s tale with Harrison’s signature dry humor.

Now, after almost twenty years, he brings the revised stage version back to life at The Studios of Key West. Veteran Director Richard Grusin and Musical Director Larry Baeder will lead a crack ensemble of actors and musicians. The musical features original tunes like “She Was Pickled and He Poked Her” alongside the haunting “La Boda Negra” (Black Wedding), which von Cosel claimed Elena sang to him from the crypt."

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys.


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Clouds Over the Sunshine Inn

A musical comedy about the physical fitness oriented Sunshine Inns and their “just desserts”. The play combines love, trickery, and sweet redemption all baked into a scrumptious three layer cake by Maximillion Longfellow, the best pastry chef on the planet.


Key West: A Musical Tour About Town

A stage production celebrating the colorful history of Key West’s most infamous characters and events. Conceived by Ben Harrison, and partially written in collaboration with John Wells, the play includes such musical numbers as Ballad of Bum Farto, The Conch Train Song, Affordable Housing, and The Poultry Operetta. The play ran for over 12 years, starting in 1994, and showed in various venues around the island. Cast members over the years included Ben Harrison, Nadine Imus, John Wells, Marjorie Paul-Shook, and Paul Cotton, of Poco fame. 


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Galactic Interface

A one-act play written for The Studios Key West's “One Night Stand” event.  Aliens from the planet Glow Glob are forced by their women to come to Key West in order to learn more about Fantasy Fest and the sexual enhancements offered on the internet.  Hopefully, it was a worthwhile trip.