The London debut of a new American musical at Jermyn Street Theatre

Words and Music | Michael John LaChiusa


Director | Adam Lenson
Set and Costume Design | Simon Anthony Wells
Musical Director | Richard Bates
Lighting | James Smith
Movement | Claira Vaughan
Photography | Jamie Scott-Smith


Jonathan Butterell
Cassie Compton
Marc Elliott
Mark Goldthorp
Sarah Ingram


Jermyn Street Theatre


8th September - 3rd October 2015


“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 2002 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.




Exhilarating and exceptional”

“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
An 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
A rare example of one of the finest modern musical theatre composers in a challenging and vital productionMichael 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
If you go and see one musical this year, rather than a huge juke-box classic, let it be See What I Wanna See”

”Here is a truly innovative show; it highlights what musical theatre could be if more people were as brave as this creative team”

”This production comes highly recommended. The score is exceptional; LaChiusa is smart and his instrumentation is smooth, yet always alive and surprising