RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ireland’s Got Talent judge Michelle Visage will be making her West End musical debut playing the role of Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from 18 October 2018 to 26 January 2019.
Producer Nica Burns said: “We are all absolutely delighted to welcome Michelle Visage to the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as our new Miss Hedge. Michelle blew us away with her fantastic singing voice, her excellent characterisation of the part and her charismatic stage presence.”
Michelle Visage said:
“I am beyond thrilled to be making my West End debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The reason I chose this show in particular is because of the very important message it tells. It is a great show with great music and talent but more importantly it’s about love, truth and the tenacity of the human spirit!
“Also there is a huge bonus: I get to live in London, one of my favourite cities in the world! I can’t wait to help audiences to fall in love with the show the way I did when I saw Everybody’s Talking About Jamie for the first time and understand why everyone really is talking about Jamie!”
Visage will join current cast members: John McCrea (Jamie), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret), Shobna Gulati (Ray), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha), Lee Ross (Hugo/Loco Chanel), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Luke Bayer, Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie’s Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Daniel Davids (Levi), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Chloe Pole, Shiv Rabheru, Lauran Rae (Becca) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki).
With music by Dan Gillespie Sells, book and lyrics by Tom MacRae, and directed by Jonathan Butterell, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was inspired by the Firecracker documentary film ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’, the true story of Jamie Campbell and his mother, Margaret. The show opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017 and is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, currently booking until 6 April 2019.
The musical is being made into a major film by Sheffield-based production company Warp Films, completing the fairy-tale journey from a 16-year-old approaching a documentary maker to hit West End Show and now the big screen. Filming is expected to commence in spring 2019.
Michelle Visage is an internationally renowned, platinum-selling recording artist, actress, author, television personality, podcast co-host, radio show host, who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, across multiple mediums for the past three decades. She is best known in the UK for being a judge on Ireland’s Got Talent and America’s hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Visage hosts a podcast with RuPaul named RuPaul: What’s the Tee with Michelle Visage which won the award for Best Host at this year’s 22nd annual Webby Awards. Michelle was a finalist on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015.