Chucking Michelle Visage into the cast of Everybody’s Talking About James at the Apollo Theatre is actually a rather inspired move.
Everybody’s Talking about Jamie has extended its West End booking at the Apollo Theatre through to October 2018.
Written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae and adapted from a BBC documentary, Jamie casts off the archetypal coming out and gay bashing stories (though not completely ignoring them) in favour of a main narrative about an out and proud teen.
Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,
directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, which will play a
limited season at the Apollo Theatre from Monday 6 November following a critically acclaimed run at
The ways in which the titles of shows are worked into the script are a source of endless amusement and new musical Death Takes A Holiday is no exception, pointing up as it does the ridiculousness of the show’s conceit.
I’ve given some thought to the various actors and actresses on stage and screen who have ‘made’ 2016 for me, and these choices are from my heart and my head.
I’m very new to the musical theatre world, I cut my teeth within classical theatre, I trained at the Drama Centre in London where musical theatre is mostly frowned upon. For years I secretly harboured a desire to sing and entertain, so to get this opportunity is a blessing.
In a plot which is The West Wing: The Musical before the interval, and The Sopranos after, his Jackie Kennedy-esque widow (scenery chewing fun and tiptop vocals from Lucy Williamson) shifts her manipulative sights to her son, Fra Fee.
The show, however, is driven by the astonishing performances of Lucy Williamson as Violet and Ken Christiansen’s Grahame. Williamson’s performance is a powerhouse.
I was already familiar with the original soundtrack to this controversial yet exceptionally current piece of musical theatre; I have also watched clips of other performers playing the main roles. However, in three years of theatre blogging, I have never seen a performance that matches the magic of Lucy Williamson’s genius portrayal of Violet Chandler.
A perfect, no-frills performance space for a political musical statement awaits us. The Fix is a story of a senator who dies “on the job” with a prostitute.
There are times when theatre can seem almost too prescient, where a show can offer a glimpse into a possible future that seems a little too real. There are moments in Michael Strassen’s production of The Fix that make you wonder just how much we are manipulated by the public view of politicians, and just how much they are all hiding.
The final production at the Union Theatre’s old residence has been an absolute cracker. Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a brilliantly observed study of life in a northern town through the multi-faceted prism of Mari Hoff and her gifted daughter Little Voice (abbreviated to LV).
Carly Thoms is an amazing talent. Her capabilities seem boundless – she plays the shy and frightened LV superbly, but when she embodies LV’s various heroes, her mimicry is second to none.
Staged in the Union Theatre, of which this is the last production to be held at this site before moving to its new premises just across the road, a perfect scene is before us.