Find the best Everybody's Talking About Jamie musical tickets at Peacock Theatre, West End. Jamie New is sixteen. He's from Sheffield. And he has a secret. He doesn't quite fit in at school. His Dad's left home. He's about to sit his GCSEs and the future is terrifying. With his brilliant mum behind him, will Jamie be brave enough to stand up for who he really wants to be? Everybody's Talking About Jamie website.
Approximate runtime 2 hours 40 minutes (including any interval).
Ivano Turco (Jamie), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), Shobna Gulati (Ray), Talia Palamathanan (Pritti), John Partridge (Hugo / Loco Chanelle - 7 Sep-11 Nov and Jan16-Mar 16), Kevin Clifton (Hugo / Loco Chanelle - Bristol / Plymouth / Sheffield / Liverpool / Eastbourne / Portsmouth / Glasgow / Aberdeen / Northampton / Milton Keynes / Hull / Leicester), Giovanna Fletcher (Miss Hedge - Southampton / Newcastle / Wolverhampton / Woking / London), Sam Bailey (Miss Hedge - Bristol / Plymouth / Sheffield / Liverpool / Eastbourne / Portsmouth / Glasgow / Aberdeen / Northampton / Milton Keynes / Hull / Leicester), Ky Kelly (Anthony Gyde) - Laika Virgin), Garry Lee (Sandra Bollock), David McNair (Tray Sophisticay), Akshay St Clair (Jamie's Dad), JOrdan Ricketts (Dean), Liv Ashman (Vicki), Rhiannon Bacchus (Fatimah), Geoff Berrisford (Sayid), Jessica Daugirda (Bex), Finton Flynn (Young Loco / Cover Jamie), Annabelle Laing (Becca), Luca Moscardini (Levi), Joshian Angelo Omana (Cy), Thomas Walton (Mickey), Takaiyah Bailey (Female Swing), Georgina Hagen (Understudy Margaret / Ray / Miss Hedge)
Music(s): Dan Gillespie Sells, Theo Jamieson (musical supervisor) Lyrics: Tom MacRaezi Book by: Tom MacRae Producer(s): Nica Burns, Ian Osbourne, Teresa Beech, Craig Beech, Sheffield Theatres Director(s): Jonathan Butterell, Will Burton (casting) Design(s): Anna Fleischle, Luke Halls (video) Choreographer: Kate Prince Lighting: Lucy Carter Sound: Paul Groothuis
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Yasmin Al-Sheklly (25Sep23): Everybody’s Talking About Jamie - A light-hearted and empowering story with great songs
What is the plot of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie about?
It centres around Jamie New who is a 16 year old school-boy who has dreams of being a Drag Queen. His real self wants to go to the prom with a dress. This seems simple but for others they were stupid and ignorant towards him and all they thought of is why he should not do it.
Jamie knew the person that he wanted to be and his journey before the prom.
This musical has a great message which is that you should accept the person for whom they are and not for the decisions that they make.
What are the themes that are explored in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie?
The themes that are explored in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie are family, friendship, education, mental health, education, dreams, bullying, discrimination, homophobia, parental rejection, abandonment, and acceptance.
Ivano Turco was exceptional as Jamie. He had a likeable stage presence. His facial expressions were full of intent with a big smile on his face. His dancing was beautiful and he uses his whole body where movement was seamless and graceful. His vocals were full of power but soft and emotional at the same time. This was evident in ‘Ugly in the Ugly World’ a ballad that was raw and full of emotion. It was delivered superbly.
Talia Palamathanan was brilliant as Pritti Pasha. Her performance was empowering and she gave some moments of pure wit too. The highlight here was the song ‘It means Beautiful’. She sings it softly as a lullaby to comfort Jamie. She sings it like an angel. She gave it simplicity and that was touching.
Rebecca McKinnis was a star as Jamie’s mother Margaret. She portrays that motherly character to perfection. Her acting was sensational showing the various emotions that she goes through in tough situations from joy to sadness and frustration. It was relatable how she would sacrifice everything to ensure that Jamie is happy. The ballad that she sang was on another level. The power, emotion, and strength showing how proud she is of her son despite being different. It was breath taking to watch.
John Partridge was sensational as Hugo/Loco Channelle. He did the role with panache and he made it his own. He was direct in distinguishing between the artist as a person and the drag act . He switched the dialogue of person and persona in an effortless way.
Shobna Gulati was funny as Ray. She was great at cutting through the serious moments of this show to give us some comedic moments and providing momentum where the emotional scenes slowed the pace.
Hayley Tamaddon shined as Miss Hedge who is a stuck up and uninspiring careers teacher. Her acting was good. We first see how sympathetic she is getting her students prepared for the true reality of life after finishing high school. This then quickly shifts to the importance of fitting into society and following what is accepted by most people. Her transitions in the character were done with ease.
In addition to the main members of the cast yet the ensemble whom are a talented bunch of artists who all have energy, vitality and attitude. The team spirit was excellent to watch no matter how big or small their roles were.
The sets were simple but effective at the same time. It was created using blocks and a projected background that transported us to the various locations on the stage. This included the school classroom, a housing estate to a catwalk. The set changes were seamless, clean and slick.
The soundtrack to this production was impressive. It combined a number of emotional ballads such as ‘If I Met Myself Again’ and catchy numbers featuring the title song and the opening number. They were intertwined perfectly to the important parts of the story. There was also a live band which truly brought the music to life with great orchestration.
The encore at the end was lively where you were allowed to wear your hair down, sing, dance or clap. It meant that you would leave the auditorium with a smile on your face.
The choreography throughout was bright, colourful, innovative and inventive. Some members of the ensemble cast gave us some great storytelling in the dance routines. This gave it some vitality and excitement. The routines in the fast numbers were glamourous and gave a sprinkle of magic.
If you are looking for a musical that is funny but with serious themes, has a great cast with energetic choreography and emotion then Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the show for you.