If you want to discover London’s next hit musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie could just be it. It opened at the Apollo Theatre in November 2017 and has had its run extended twice. Based on a true story, the show follows Jamie, a 16-year-old from Sheffield who dreams of being a drag queen but has to deal with the bullies at school before he can get there. The show came about after a documentary about the real life Jamie, who was planning to attend his secondary school prom wearing a dress but feared backlash, aired in 2011 and inspired the writer. Now, Jamie is getting his real moment in the spotlight with this show, which features catchy pop tunes created by Dan Gillespe Sells, frontman of indie group The Feeling.
It’s still early days for the production but with five Olivier nominations and five star reviews from The Times, Financial Times, Time Out and The Independent, it could be headed for musical greatness. It’s already been picked up for a film adaptation. Countless celebrities have been spotted in the audience too, lending their seal of approval to this fun, uplifting production including Rebel Wilson, Neil Patrick Harris, James Corden, Ian McKellen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.