They are OUT OF THE DARKNES and back to the PLACE WHERE THEY BELONG!!! Live Theater is on its road to recovery and a comeback. It has been officially announced that the Olivier Award nominated smash hit EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE will have its Re-Opening Night this Fall. Yup, THE BOY IN THE DRESS is ready to head back into the SPOTLIGHT on November 12th, 2020 at London's Apollo Theatre. Plus, it will be the first West End Musical to return with Live Theater resuming performances there this Fall…. just 8 months following all of Live Theater being shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition since we're still coping with this crazy time, all Theatergoers and everyone working with the show will still have to deal with serious safety precautions. Everyone will be having constant temperature checks plus required to STILL social distant and wear their face masks. For Theatergoers with social distancing, seats in the Apollo Theatre will be removed to also give patrons more legroom (yup, you know how tight it gets being in a row at a Live Performance). In addition, there will be full extra sets of hand sanitizers plus maintenance doing extended constant deep-cleanings.
In case anyone may not remember, EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE is a musical based on a true story that was captured in a 2011 BBC Three documentary JAMIE: A DRAG QUEEN AT 16. It tells the coming of age story of "Jamie New", a 16 year old underdog misfit from Sheffield, England with big aspirations and dreams of becoming a drag queen. It features a score and book by Tom MacRae and Dan Gillespie-Sells. Notable songs include AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IT, THE WALL IN MY HEAD, WORK OF ART, OVER THE TOP, the title song itself EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, HE'S MY BOY, and OUT OF THE DARKNESS.
The show had its world premiere at The Crucible Theatre Sheffield in 2017 for a small stint. With the show being a huge success, it transferred to London's West End at the Apollo Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses every night. The show went on to receive rave reviews and a huge following from fans in the UK and all over the world begging for productions everywhere. Under the direction of Jonathan Butterell and choreographed by Kate Prince, the cast features…
Olivier Award nominee John McCrea (later Layton Williams and currently Noah Thomas) as "Jamie New",
Olivier Award nominee Josie Walker (later Rebecca McKinnis and currently Melissa Jacques) as "Margret New",
Lucie Shorthouse (later and currently Hiba Elchikhe) as "Pritti",
Mina Anwar (later Shobna Gulati and currently Sejal Keshwala) as "Ray,
Luke Baker (later and currently Jordan Ricketts) as "Dean Paxton",
Ken Christiansen (later and currently Marlon G. Day) as "Jamie's Dad",
EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE was nominated for 5 Olivier Awards in 2018 including Best New Musical. However, it lost all the categories.
Currently and before the shutdown, the show launched a UK Tour this past February 2020. In addition, an Australian company was set to debut in Sydney this July 2020. However, both new companies are set to resume and will be rescheduling it's itinerary for 2021. Rumors are still underway as well for a Broadway production.
EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE has also been strutting those heels on the big screen. Back in 2018, one of the show's performances in the West End was filmed and released in Movie Theaters all across the country starring the original London cast.
A major feature film adaptation of the musical has been in post production and was originally scheduled to be released in Theaters next month from 20th Century Studios. However, it has been postponed with a newly scheduled release date set for January 22nd, 2021. Under the direction of Jonathan Butterell, the new film cast will be led by….
Newcomer Max Harwood as "Jamie New",
Olivier Award nominee and acclaimed British actress Sarah Lancashire as "Margret New",
Lauren Patel as "Pritti",
Emmy nominee Sharon Horgan as "Miss Hedge",
Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Richard E Grant as "Hugo",
Shobna Gulati reprising her performance from the stage production as "Ray,
Samuel Bottomley as "Dean Paxton",
Ralph Ineson as "Jamie's Dad",
Who is excited for JamieMusical to strut center stage again?!!!!
Sheffield musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is set to be the first musical to re-open in the West End after lockdown.
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