Inspired by the real life story of 16-year-old would-be drag queen Jamie Campbell (whose journey to the high school prom in high heels was captured in a U.K. documentary) the stage production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie promises the kind of feel-good theater flamboyance we all need right now. Writer/director Jonathan Butterell’s fictionalized depiction of young Jamie’s fight for acceptance and self love highlights the importance of supportive family and friends, spreading its message with vibrant song and dance. Layton Williams and Roy Haylock (aka RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio) reprise their roles from the West End production for this L.A. Center Theatre Group show, playing Jamie and Hugo/Loco Chanelle, and crooning catchy numbers by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae (book and lyrics). The British version has garnered awards and an avid fanbase since its debut in 2017 and a film version was released just a few months ago, available to stream now on Amazon Prime. Of course, as with most musicals, the energy of the live show makes for the best queendom.
All guests must wear a mask and provide proof of full vaccination, along with a government or education issued photo ID upon arrival. Unvaccinated guests, including children or those with a medical or religious reason, must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to the show.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown. Running now thru Feb. 20. Tickets start at $40 and are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org or by calling (213) 972-4400.
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