Everybody’s Talking About Jamie National Tour
Cancelled / postponed due Covid-19.
An inspiring story, feel-good pop score, and one fabulous teen. Meet Jamie New.
The critically acclaimed, Olivier Award nominated, West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will have its Australian Premiere Season at the Sydney Opera House from 18 July 2020 prior to a national tour.
Jamie New is sixteen, he lives on a council estate in Sheffield, and is sensitive, witty and strong. If only the bullies would get out of his way. 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.
Inspired by a true story and a BBC documentary “Jamie: Drag Queen at 16”, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is topical and timely. The joyous, high-spirited musical presents an extended modern “family” of characters that everybody knows and depends on. They'll make you laugh and move you to tears. It speaks from the heart and shoots for the stars.
Rising star James Majoos, fresh from Yve Blake’s Fangirls (Belvoir/Queensland Theatre Company), will steal hearts as Jamie New. Veteran stage, film and television performer Simon Burke AO known for his roles in Devil’s Playground (NBC/Universal), Playschool (ABC TV), Mary Stuart (Sydney Theatre Company), La Cage Aux Folles (West End), Mary Poppins (Australian tour), The Sound of Music (West End, Toronto), and The Phantom of the Opera (West End) as Jamie’s mentor Hugo/Loco Chanelle.
Helpmann Award-winner Helen Dallimore, who wowed audiences in Wicked (West End), Into the Woods (London) and Here Come The Habibs! (Nine Network) and who picked-up the 2013 Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, for her role in Legally Blonde The Musical (Australian tour) as Margaret New, Jamie’s loyal mum.
Featuring an all Australian cast of 22 performers, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will also star Elise McCann (Matilda The Musical Australian tour) as Miss Hedge and Shubshri Kandiah (Aladdin Australian tour) as Pritti.
Co-producer Garry McQuinn said “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a simple but very important story, told with exceptional care by a wonderful team of theatre artists and passionately / bravely produced by Nica Burns in London. After many years taking Australian shows to the world I'm proud to be joining Nica, the Sydney Opera House and Lyndi Adler in bringing this extraordinary, moving and joyous tale to Australian audiences.”
Sydney Opera House, Head of Contemporary Performance, Olivia Ansell, says: “There is something irresistibly charming about the story of Jamie New – told in this intelligent contemporary musical full of heartache, panache and humour, brilliantly written by Tom MacRae. The Sydney Opera House is extremely proud to join forces with Nica Burns, Garry McQuinn and Lyndi Adler to co-produce and present the Australian tour of this Olivier nominated smash hit, to eight cities nationally with an all Australian cast.”
Originally produced by Sheffield Theatres, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has a feel-good pop score written by Dan Gillespie Sells, the lead singer of British rock-group The Feeling, that has more than 11 million song plays on Spotify. The music is performed live by a seven-piece under musical supervision by Theo Jamieson (original UK Musical Supervisor). The on-point book and lyrics are penned by BAFTA and Olivier Award nominated screenwriter, author and playwright Tom MacRae (Doctor Who BBC, The Librarians TNT), from an idea by Jonathan Butterell. This Olivier nominated musical features original choreography by hip-hop sensation Kate Prince.
Venue: Sydney Opera House
Dates: 18 July to 30 August 2020 (Opening Night 23 July- 7pm)
Times: Tuesday – Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 1pm & 5pm. Tuesdays 11 & 22 August 6pm
Venue: Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ
Dates: 4 September to 13 September 2020 (Opening Night 5 September)
Times: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2pm & Sunday 3pm
Venue: The Art House Wyong
Dates: 1 October to 4 October 2020
Times: Thursday 7.30pm, Friday & Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 3pm
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Dates: 9 October to 25 October 2020 (Opening Night 10 October)
Times: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday 2pm, Saturday 2pm & Sunday 3pm
Venue: Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Dates: 13 November to 29 November 2020 (Opening Night 14 November)
Times: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday 1pm, Saturday 2pm & Sunday 3pm
Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or 136 246
Venue: Canberra Theatre Centre
Dates: 11 December to 13 December 2020 (Opening Night 12 December)
Times: Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2pm & 730pm, Sunday 1pm
Venue: His Majesty’s Theatre
Dates: 22 January to 31 January 2021 (Opening Night 23 January)
Times: Wednesday to Sunday
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Dates: 5 February to 14 February 2021 (Opening Night 6 February)
Times: Tuesday 7.30pm, Wednesday 2pm & 7.30pm, Thursday, Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 1pm & 5pm
Music by Dan Gillespie Sells
Book & Lyrics by Tom MacRae
Directed and froman original idea by Johnathan Butterell
Set / Costume Design - Anne Fleishcle
Choreographer - Kate Prince
Video Design - Luke Halls
Musical Supervisor - Theo Jamieson
Directed by Matt Ryanfrom original direction by Jonathan Butterell
Choreographed by Rhimes Lecointefrom the original choreography by Kate Prince
Musical Supervisor - Theo Jamieson
Jamie New - James Majoos
Margaret New - Helen Dallimore
Hugo - Simon Burke
Miss Hedge - Elise McCann
Pritti Pasha - Shubshri Kandiah
Ray - Christina O’Neill
Dean Paxton - Harry Targett
Bex - Samantha Bruzzese
Laika Virgin - Joe Dinn
Fatimah - Mariah Gonzalez
Cy - Noah Mullins
Sayid - Jake O’Brien
Levi - Bronson Pfeiler
Vicki - Madison Price
Tray Sophisticay - Tom Sharah
Mickey - Joshua Taylor
Becca - Mietta White
Swing - Chiara Assetta
Swing / Asst Dance Captain - Bayley Edmends
Understudy - Naomi Livingston
Resident Director/Understudy - David Spencer