Following a hugely successful run in Sheffield, the popular new musical officially opened at the Apollo Theatre this week. But what have critics made of it?
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.
The Telegraph: **** “Kate Prince’s choreography is sharp and cleverly evocative of both the trudging boredom of the classroom and the opportunities it gives for naughty self expression.”
WhatsOnStage: ***** “a dynamic, deliciously entertaining night out”
The Stage: ***** “the show is defined by pride, by a lack of shame, by love and fun and the defeat of bigotry. It’s corny and sometimes trite, but it knows it and doesn’t care.”
The Independent: ***** “a joyous, life-affirming Billy Elliot for an age struggling with the fluidities of gender identity.”
London Theatre.co.uk: ***** “The show is frequently profoundly moving.”
The Times: ***** “This fizzing musical is a blast of fresh air”
The Upcoming: ***** “as the titular character, McCrea is perfection. He is quick-witted and razor-tongued, self-doubting but unashamed, brave but never in a way that feels pious.”
London Theatre1: ***** “Hilarious and hard-hitting in equal measure, this is a great British musical not to be missed.”
Evening Standard: **** “The result is a true crowd-pleaser — big-hearted and joyous.”
Time Out: ***** “It’s a joyous punch in the air about following your dreams and being yourself.”
Broadway World: **** “It’s great to see producers getting behind original British musicals, and with the themes of acceptance and a pop-like score – watch out for the title song, it’s a real earworm – this one is almost guaranteed to encourage new audiences into the West End.”
The Daily Mail: **** “This show has a sense of humour, some bubbly songs, Yorkshire repartee and a great central performance from John McCrea as stiletto-heeled Jamie.”
British Theatre Guide: “While Everybody’s Talking About Jamie might initially sound like a show with limited appeal, thanks to the love that has been lavished on this production together with its heart and soul, this might just be an unexpected West End success with the capacity to achieve a lengthy run.”
The Metro: **** “But the clincher is McCrea’s mesmerising Jamie, an irresistible combination of sass and tenderness.”
There Ought to be Clowns: “This is a musical for today, reflecting the Britain of today – you really need to go see it now!”
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie continues to play at the Apollo Theatre until the 21st April 2018. To book tickets visit: Love London Love Culture, Ticketmaster.co.uk, Last Minute.com, See Tickets.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com and Encore Tickets.