The feel-good musical sensation Everybody’s Talking About Jamie goes from strength to strength with the announcement of a new booking period at London’s Apollo Theatre until 29 August 2020. Plus producers launch a national search for ‘an outstandingly talented undiscovered young performer’ to play Jamie New after Layton Williams says his farewell on 4 January next year and joins the show’s touring production.
Playing at London’s Apollo Theatre since November 2017, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie celebrates its second birthday in the West End on 6 November 2019, beginning its third year. As Layton Williams, the current star, sets off from the Apollo to lead the first national tour of the musical, the producers are launching a national search for an outstandingly talented undiscovered young performer to play schoolboy Jamie in the West End from January 2020. Open auditions will be held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on 8 October and at the Apollo Theatre, London on 10 October.
Producer Nica Burns said:
Thanks to our fantastic audiences, we are delighted to be extending and playing our third year at the Apollo. We have found some fantastic young performers to join Layton Williams and Shane Richie on tour. In the spirit of this musical, we are opening the doors to unknown talent alongside today’s young professionals in the search for our new Jamie.
The first national tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opens in Sheffield on 8 February 2020 and stars Layton Williams as Jamie New and Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle who both reprise their roles from the West End.
Inspired by a true story, the show has songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell who also directs. The musical has won seven major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.