There’s a place where we belong—and it’s probably wherever Layton Williams is. Check out the Everybody's Talking About Jamie star above, along with his castmates, performing a powerhouse medley of songs from the musical.
The show is currently holding its North American premiere in Los Angeles, California, after starting performances January 16 at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre. Williams and Roy Haylock (aka Bianca Del Rio) reprise their roles as Jamie/Mimi Me and Hugo/Loco Chanelle from the West End production.
The duo are joined by Shobna Gulati as Ray, Melissa Jacques as Margaret, Gillian Ford as Miss Hedge, Hiba Elchikhe as Pritti Pasha, Marlon G. Day as Jamie’s Dad, James Gillan as Tray Sophisticay, David O’Reilly as Laika Virgin, Leon Craig as Sandra Bollock, Richard Appiah-Sarpong as Cy, Zion Battles as Levi, Ryan Hughes as Mickey, Jodie Knight as Fatimah, Harriet Payne as Bex, Adam Taylor as Sayid, and Rachel Seirian as a swing. All were involved in the West End production (Gulati also plays Ray in the recent film adaptation).
Everybody's Talking About Jamie features music by Dan Gillespie Sells and a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae from an idea by Butterell. Based on a 2011 documentary, it tells the true story of Jamie Campbell, who overcomes prejudice and homophobia to become a drag queen and schoolyard legend.
The North American staging follows the reopening of the London production in May 2021; a U.K. tour, starring Williams, opened in September; and a film adaptation was released on Amazon Prime Video the same month.