Musical Theatre Review – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
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.
I know I don’t usually publish these sorts of articles but this musical is the most amazing piece of theatre that I have seen in years, not to mention very LGBT+ friendly. It is glorious. I was fortunate enough to see the first Saturday preview of ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ and it has risen to the top of my musical theatre playlist, above ‘Next to Normal’, above ‘Dear Evan Hansen’, even (dare I say it?) above ‘Hamilton’. Melding a brilliantly modern soundtrack with a vibrant cast of stars making their West-End debuts, I found the show to be a true depiction of modern life in a British secondary school. The students take those stupid career aptitude tests (I am not bitter about being told I should be a PE teacher, not at all), they use the AQA revision books, and the cup-song is part and parcel of the soundtrack. The only thing that could make it more relevant to my own Year Eleven experience would be detention for not going to sports lessons and so many maths revision lessons that I could taste algebra 24/7.
Jamie New, played by the wonderfully talented John McCrea, is instantly likeable. Sarcastic, witty, and just a bit camp, he is the stand-out star of the show. McCrea emits a combination of childish exuberance and a wistfulness that made my heart hurt. I cried so many times during this musical that I lost count. It is something that people can relate to whether you are young, old, LGBT+, or a sixteen-year-old boy who wants to be a drag queen.
Needless to say, I’m going to see it again in February.