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OBJECTIVELY STAR Jamie Laing does the jive today for Musicals Week to a song from the blockbuster show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which reopens in the West End next week. It has also been adapted into a new film with a star-studded cast.
The backgrounds of the two Jamies could hardly be more dissimilar. Made in Chelsea star Laing has been dubbed the “heir to the £485 million McVities wealth.” Although this may not have been the case, he is still a member of the enormously affluent family. Jamie New, the musical’s protagonist, comes from a poor, working-class Sheffield family. The program is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell, a young drag queen. The effervescent feel-good musical is poised to reopen at London’s Apollo Theatre after months of lockdown, with Shane Ritchie joining the company in January.
It all began in 2011, when a BBC TV crew accompanied blossoming drag queen Jamie Campbell, 16, as he violated his school and social norms by wearing a dress to prom in small-town Country Durham. His story made the news, and a show was developed as a result.
Love, acceptance, individuality, courage, and success are at the center of the musical, which has a thumping soundtrack produced by Dan Gillespie-Sells of The Feeling, who is also gay.
Jamie’s home life with loving single-mum Margaret, as well as his trials and triumphs at school as he begins to pursue his secret desires, takes place in Sheffield.
Since its premiere in February 2017, the show has featured a slew of well-known guests.
Shobna Gulati, Shane Richie, Bianca Del Rio, Bill Ward, Rufus Hound, Michelle Visage, Faye Tozer, and Katy Brand are among the cast members.
Following his recent appearance on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, Richie will reprise his role as retiring drag sensation Loco Chanel in January.
Tom MacRae, who also wrote the original musical, wrote the screenplay. Jamie is played by newcomer Max Harwood, and his mother is played by Sarah Lancashire.
Margaret’s foul-mouthed best pal Ray is played by Shobna Gulati again, while Miss Hedge (get it?) is played by Sharon Horgan.
The idea of Richard E Grant as Loco Chanel, alias Hugo Battersby by day, is the most exciting.