Currently presented in more than seven countries around the world, and with its popular film version now streaming on several platforms, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has proved itself to be a powerful ongoing presence in the world of musical theater.
The original London production, written by Tom MacRae and composer Dan Gillespie Sells and cocreated by Jonathan Butterell, was inspired by a 2011 BBC documentary called Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, directed by Jenny Popplewell. The stage version follows student Jamie New as he overcomes bullying and ostracization in order to follow his dreams of becoming a teen drag queen. Since then, Jamie has won dozens of nominations and awards, including two WhatsOnStage Awards (Best New Musical in 2018 and Best West End Show in in 2019) and is beloved by audiences and critics alike.
Now a new production, adapted and directed by Alejandro Villalobos, is the first Spanish version of the show. Todo El Mundo Habla de Jamierecently premiered this spring at the Manolo Fábregas Theater in Mexico City. Also leading the production is Gabriel and María Guevara (who also brought Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy to Mexican stages last year) and musical director Analí Sánchez Neri, with choreography by Hugo Curcumelis.
The title role of Jamie New is shared by two amazing young Latinx talents: Nelson Carreras, a Cuban-Guatemalan artist most known for participating in Mexican reality show La Academia 2022, and Joaquín Bondoni, a 19-year-old Mexican actor, singer, and model.
Presented in arrangement with Concord Theatricals and produced by 33 Productores, the show includes a cast of 30 actors and actresses, many of them part of the LGBTQ+ community, and an eight-piece orchestra.
“It is a musical. It’s pop. It’s cool. And it’s funny,” says director Villalobos. “It is a performance full of contrasts, which invites us to delve into the mind of our protagonist and see the world through his eyes, transforming with him the gray and dark context of life in the small town where he lives [into] a musical full of light and color.”
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