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First Major Musical for Western Sydney

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The critically-acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated, West End hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is coming to Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ from 4 to 20 September.

Pre Sale Tickets available now.
There’s a reason everybody’s talking about Jamie. It’s rare that a show like this comes along, with the power to grab you by the heart and never let go.
Jamie New is sixteen, he lives on a council estate in Sheffield, and is sensitive, witty and strong. If only the bullies would get out of his way. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcame prejudice, beat the bullies and stepped out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
Inspired by a true story and a BBC documentary “Drag Queen at 16”, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is topical and timely. The joyous, high-spirited musical presents an extended modern “family” of characters that everybody knows and depends on. They'll make you laugh and move you to tears. It speaks from the heart and shoots for the stars. 
Rising star James Majoos, fresh from Yve Blake’s Fangirls (Belvoir/QTC), will steal hearts as Jamie New. Veteran stage, film and television performer Simon Burke AO (Devil’s Playground (NBC/Universal), Playschool (ABC TV), Mary Stuart (Sydney Theatre Company), La Cage Aux Folles (West End), Mary Poppins (Australian tour), The Sound of Music (West End, Toronto), The Phantom of the Opera (West End)) will play Jamie’s mentor Hugo/Loco Chanelle.
Helpmann Award-winner and television star Helen Dallimore (Wicked (West End), Into the Woods (London), Legally Blonde The Musical (Australian tour: 2013 Helpmann Award winner for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical), Here Come The Habibs! (Nine Network)) will play Margaret New, Jamie’s loyal mum. 
Featuring 22 Australian cast, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will also star Elise McCann (Matilda The Musical Australian tour) as Miss Hedge and Shubshri Kandiah (Aladdin Australian tour) as Pritti.
Garry McQuinn said, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a simple but very important story, told with exceptional care by a wonderful team of theatre artists and passionately / bravely produced by Nica Burns in London. After many years taking Australian shows to the world I'm proud to be joining Nica and the Sydney Opera House in bringing this extraordinary, moving and joyous tale to Australian audiences.”
West HQ CEO Richard Errington said, “We are thrilled that an inspirational show which celebrates the spirit of uniqueness and individuality the way Everybody’s Talking About Jamie does is the very first main stage musical to debut at the Sydney Colieum Theatre, West HQ. This creative, funny and joyous piece of theatre aligns perfectly with our goal to bring the very best in world-class performances to a Greater Western Sydney audience hungry for uplifting arts and entertainment.”
Originally produced by Sheffield Theatres, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has a feel-good pop score written by Dan Gillespie Sells, the lead singer of British rock-group The Feeling that has more than eight million song plays on Spotify. That will be performed live by a seven-piece band with Australian Musical Director Geoffrey Castles under musical supervision by Theo Jamieson (original UK Musical Supervisor). BAFTA and Olivier Award-nominated screenwriter, author and playwright Tom MacRae (Doctor Who BBC, The Librarians TNT) penned the on-point book and lyrics, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell. This Olivier nominated musical features original choreography by hip-hop sensation Kate Prince.
After three years conquering London, it was unanimous. Audiences and critics united, and this fabulous misfit quickly became both the hottest ticket in town and a shining light on the West End. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be at Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ this September as a part of a national tour.
“Jamie will sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance”
- The Financial Times
Don’t miss the Australian premiere of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie - the open-hearted coming-of-age West End hit musical about diversity and acceptance.
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