Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a musical with music by Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. The musical is inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 directed by Jenny Popplewell. It follows a 16-year-old teenager as he overcomes prejudice and beats the bullies to become a drag queen.
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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a musical with music by Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. The musical is inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 directed by Jenny Popplewell. It follows a 16-year-old teenager as he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen. Jamie New gets teased about his homosexuality, and reveals to the audience all he wants to be is a drag queens. Jamie is initially embarrassed by the attention, but decides to be proud of himself and does a drag show at the local nightclub. Jamie’s best friend Pritti encourages Jamie to go to prom in a dress – not in drag without Mimi Me, his drag alter-ego. Jamie decides to go for it, but is disappointed when he is told he is not allowed to go in drag. He is then introduced to a group of drag queens: Laika Virgin, Tray Sophisticay, and Sandra Bollock, who encourage Jamie to find his drag self, and get him ready and push him onstage.
The show ends with Jamie telling his friends that he is proud to be gay and that he will always be proud to have been born a gay boy, no matter how old he gets. He also reveals that when he was eight, his dad found him in a. dress and was angry He is confused as he bought the dress and flowers for him as he was not supportive of him as aDrag Queen. Jamie reveals that his dad paid for the flowers and bought him a pair of red high heels for his 16th birthday. Jamie then tells his friends he is gay, and they are shocked at the news. Jamie tells them he will never be ugly, and that they are his best friends. Jamie goes on to have his first drag show, with the help of the other drag queens, and chooses his dress in his dressing room, with a tag on saying ‘Love Dad’. Jamie’s dad tells Margaret he wants nothing to do with Jamie, claiming he is ‘not a real boy’ and that Jamie is not a ‘real’ boy.