The reviews are in for the North American premiere of Everybody's Talking About Jamie at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Performances began January 26.
The musical stars Layton Williams and Roy Haylock (aka Bianca Del Rio) reprising their roles as Jamie/Mimi Me and Hugo/Loco Chanelle from the West End production. The duo are joined by Shobna Gulati as Ray, Melissa Jacques as Margaret, Gillian Ford as Miss Hedge, Hiba Elchikhe as Pritti Pasha.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie features music by Dan Gillespie Sells and a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae from an idea by Butterell. Based on a 2011 documentary, it tells the true story of Jamie Campbell, who overcomes prejudice and homophobia to become a drag queen and schoolyard legend.
Read the reviews below.
Entertainment Weekly (Maureen Lee Lenker)
The Los Angeles Times (Charles McNulty)
South Pasadenan (Alisa Hayashida)
Playbill will continue to update this page as reviews come in.
The Los Angeles cast also features Richard Appiah-Sarpong, Zion Battles, Kazmin Borrer, Leon Craig, Marlon G. Day, James Gillan, Ryan Hughes, Jodie Knight, David O’Reilly, Talia Palamathanan, Harriet Payne, George Sampson, and Adam Taylor.
The production features sets and costumes by Anna Fleischle, choreography by Kate Prince, lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound design by Paul Groothuis, casting by Will Burton, and video design by Luke Hall. The musical supervisor is Theo Jamieson.