The production opens this November at the Apollo Theatre.
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.
Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
This fearless, funny, fabulous brand new musical sensation hits London with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae.
It marks the first outing by the new theatre writing and directing team, borne out of a documentary viewed by director Jonathan Butterell.
“After Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was commissioned we spent three hours in a wig room in Sheffield in which we wrote the complete plot and framework for the show before catching the train back to London,” the team say. “The three of us just clicked and we were instantly a team. It has been a new adventure for all of us, this is our first musical and going from zero to West End has felt like a fairy tale.”
“There is a bit of all three of us that has ended up in Jamie. We knew we needed a very specially talented performer to play him and when John McCrea walked into the room he was perfect. We hope that audiences will see a bit of Jamie in themselves too.”
Butterell’s theatre creidts include Love Musik, Second Chance, Whilda Peru, and many more.
The role of Jamie New will be played by John McCrea, whose credits include The Buskers Opera at Park Theatre, Peter Pan at the Adelphi Theatre, Streets and RENT! at the Cockpit Theatre, The Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, and much more.
The majority of the original Sheffield cast will also transfer to the West End, including Josie Walker, Mina Anwar, Tamsin Carroll and Daniel Anthony, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, James Gillian, Harriet Payne, Shiv Rabheru, Lucie Shorthouse and Kirstie Skivington.
Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie arrives at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End for previews from the 7 November 2017, and opening on Wednesday 22 November. The musical is currently booking until the 21 April 2018. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.