Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, is pleased to announce that Noah Thomas is to play the title role of Jamie New from Monday 6 January 2020 at the Apollo Theatre in the West End.
Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said: “Noah was the 211th and final performer we auditioned for Jamie. After he’d sung the opening number and read the first scene, I was tingling with excitement. We had found our Jamie. Noah is making his professional debut in one of the biggest and most demanding roles in musical theatre: it needs a really good actor who can also sing and dance to the highest level. We never imagined we would be casting a 20 year old drama school student at the start of his career. Noah is going to be a fantastic Jamie and the possibilities for his future are boundless.”
Noah Thomas, Jamie New, said: “What a whirlwind! Only two weeks ago I was studying at Mountview and had very little time to prepare for the audition, which I saw as a chance to gain some experience in the industry. I was asked back the next day, not expecting anything, and they asked me if I would like to play Jamie. I couldn’t believe it. Nica told me to go outside the theatre and look up. It was then I realised that my face would be in lights on Shaftesbury Avenue. This is so surreal and I am so ready for whatever this experience holds.”
Stephen Jameson, Principal and Artistic Director of Mountview drama school said: “Noah was performing in our production of Guys and Dolls when he auditioned for the Jamie creative team and we are delighted they recognised Noah’s incredible talent. Their decision to cast him in this amazing West End role before he had even finished training at Mountview is testament to his dedication and flair. Staff and students wish him well in this exciting start to his professional career.”
Noah was born and brought up in South London. His first experiences of theatre came at the age of five when he saw the shows Annie and The Lion King and seeing children like himself on stage inspired him to want to become a performer. His parents, both civil servants, actively encouraged his interest and with the guidance of a theatre loving neighbour he enrolled in Stagecoach and the ABC Ballet School. He was cast in Oliver! at Theatre Royal Drury Lane aged 11 giving him a taste for the profession.
Aged 14 he successfully auditioned for the BRIT School where he further honed his skills in acting, singing and dancing leading to him getting a place at Mountview in 2017, where he recently started his final year and was the Student Union’s Gender Relations Officer.
Casting Jamie was a long process with the Producers and creatives of the show embarking on a national search to find the next Jamie New. Noah initially missed the open auditions at the Apollo Theatre in June as his Mum was receiving an MBE at Buckingham Palace that same day. He told her ‘There will be many auditions in the future but you will only go to the Palace once. I need to be with you, Dad and Grace’ (his sister). However, he was offered a second opportunity to audition and following a call back the next day was offered the role there and then.
Noah Thomastakes over from Layton Williams who, with Shane Richie, will be leading the first UK tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opening in Sheffield in February 2020. Noah is the third actor to play the title role in the musical, also following John McCrea who originated the role at Sheffield Crucible Theatre in February 2017 and opened the production in the West End.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie recently celebrated its second birthday in the West End and is currently booking until 29 August 2020.
Further casting for January 2020 is to be announced.
Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the hit musical for today.
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.
Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future.
Jamie is going to be a sensation.
Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
With songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.
Music by Dan Gillespie Sells
Book and Lyrics by Tom MacRae
From an idea by Jonathan Butterell
Directed by Jonathan Butterell
Design by Anna Fleischle
Choreography by Kate Prince
Lighting design by Lucy Carter
Sound design by Paul Groothuis
Musical direction by Theo Jamieson
Casting by Will Burton
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is being made into a major film by New Regency, Film4 and Sheffield based production company Warp Films starring Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and Max Harwood. The film will be released in October 2020. A UK tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is to commence in 2020.
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