Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, Apollo Theatre, London


All the publicity that goes with “Everybody’s talking about Jamie” mentions what an  uplifting feel good story line it has, and that it taps into the current zeitgeist, and to be fair they are right but, really it has so much more than just that.

The songs are brilliant, “It means beautiful” will surely win an award for best new song in a musical. “He’s my boy”, “Work of Art” and “If I met myself again” are also wonderful, I think Dan Gillespie Sells is going to be a huge success as a songwriter for musicals. The lyrics are lovely too and are written by Tom Macrae, so perhaps this is a new partnership to look out for.

The whole cast is great. Obviously John McCrea is excellent as Jamie, a strong voice and a big stage presence. There are also outstanding performances from Josie Walker as his Mum, who has two big songs and a spectacular voice with which to deliver them, and from Lucie Shorthouse, who has an endearing part as his BFF, Pritti. I enjoyed Phil Nichol’s portrayal of Hugo Battersby too.

I also really liked the choreography, it is vibrant and up to date, break dancing with a hint of Justin Beiber video. The set design is good as well, a great mixture of simple, clever and efficient. She show finishes very well, the audience loved it and left the theatre wanting more.

I thoroughly enjoyed this show and I hope it is a huge success!


4 thoughts on “Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, Apollo Theatre, London

  1. Curious if you think it will end up on Broadway. I was a little surprised a couple years ago when Tori Amos’ “Light Princess” didn’t cross the pond. True, it may have been pitched more to the younger female audience than the more general one, but so was “Witches,” which ran forever. And then “Cat.” Not sure what to make of it.

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  2. I saw this on Wednesday and totally loved it! I was at the matinee show and it was a full house, I really hope that it continues in the popularity and I want to see it again already.

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