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Everybody's Talking About Jamie Review: A Dazzling Musical With Heart & Sparkle

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a delightful and sincere coming-of-age musical comedy that gets a proper and lively film adaptation.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was adapted from the stage musical of the same name, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae, which in turn was adapted from the BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the story follows 16-year-old Jamie New who desires to become a fabulous drag queen. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a delightful and sincere coming-of-age musical comedy that gets a proper and lively film adaptation. 

Starring newcomer Max Harwood in the titular role, the story has the right amount of charisma and heart to spark joy. Jonathan Butterell takes on the project as his directorial debut and does a good enough job translating the stage show to the big screen, with the film feeling like an honest interpretation of the show. For many who did not have the pleasure of watching the stage show starring either John McCrea (who originated the role) or Layton Williams, this film production acts as a suitable substitute. This feels very much like a filmed version of the stage show, but with on-location shooting spliced between musical moments. Butterell makes sure to inject tons of personality and joy into each sequence which lets audiences fully embrace the musical without feeling the constraint of a minimal budget.

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