Everybody’s Talking About Jamie REVIEW

I finally got to see Luke Latchman on as Jamie and oh my god was he phenomenal! As soon as I found out his Jamie dates I booked to see him because I knew he would smash it.

Luke’s rendition of The Wall In My Head was absolutely stunning and really got me emotional. I’m not a crier at shows but oh boy did I shed a few tears during this show.

His energy as Jamie was perfect and his performance completely captivating.

At this performance I was also lucky enough to see Kirstie on as Ray. When I saw her name up on the cast board I literally screamed in excitement because I had wanted to see her as Ray for quite a while.

It’s safe to say her Ray was everything I hoped it would be and her Limited Edition Prom Night Special was just lovely to watch.

Ray is my favourite character in the show because she has so many great lines and Kirstie delivered them with finesse.

I’m going to be sad to see her leave the show, but I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

On top of that I got to once again see Melissa Jacques on as Margaret New. I just adore Melissa’s voice. I hang onto her every note, I really do. I could listen to her perform If I Met Myself Again and He’s My Boy for eternity and not get sick of it. She puts so much emotion into her performance and is one of the few performers who have made me cry because they made me feel so much.

Shane Ritchie absolutely smashed it as Hugo. I didn’t really know what to expect from him vocally, Id never heard him sing before but he blew me away. He was funny, charismatic and a very in your face Hugo which I loved.

If you get the chance to see Luke Latchman on as Jamie then take that chance! I know I’m always singing his praises but he really is something special when it comes to performs.

This was my 5th time at the show and it was probably one of my favourites.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Kinky Boots REVIEW

I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre in London thanks to a Twitter giveaway by Encore Tickets! So thank you Encore Tickets for giving me the opportunity to see this fun show.

Kinky Boots is a musical about a shoe factory in Northampton, England and is based on a true story. The show sees Charlie Price inherit a struggling shoe factory from his father, and he becomes determined to save the business, he ends up forming an unlikely partnership with a transvestite named Lola and all sorts of craziness and fun ensues.

Being from Northamptonshire myself, I was super excited to see the show as shoe making is a huge part of the history of the Shire. Kinky Boots is fun, absolutely hilarious and has a really powerful and positive message behind it which is to be unapologetically yourself, and to be kind and accepting of those around you, which I think is a really important message.

The sets in the show were stunning. From the Price & Sons factory, to the simple set up of the care home to the Milan set filled with lights and glam.
My favourite being the shoe factory set.

The staging of the show was clever and pretty seamless. The costumes were stunning, especially the Milan show costumes and the boots were to die for. Full of glitz and colour the costumes were dazzling.

The stand out moments of the show for me were Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Lola, his presence on stage was phenomenal, from sassiness Land of Lola and Sex Is In The Heel, to the emotional and stripped back numbers such as Not My Father’s Son and Hold Me In Your Heart.
And judging by the reaction of the audience after Hold Me In Your Heart, everyone was stunned by his performance.
Another stand out for me was Verity Rushworth as Lauren and her knock out performance of The History of Wrong Guys. WOW. She was hilarious and owned the stage. I loved her voice and energy, and again, judging by the response of the audience I’m not the only one who loved her portrayal of Lauren.

Kinky Boots is such a fun show, with fabulous costumes, a stunning set and a very strong cast.
The choreography is brilliant, especially in numbers like Land of Lola, Everybody Say Yeah, What A Woman Wants. With a stunning set to boot (pun not intended) the show is a joy to watch and leaves you feeling positive.

RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

You can see Kinky Boots at the Aldephi Theatre until January 2019

*As I saw this show in May there has been a cast change.

My Top 5 Musicals

Muscial theatre is a huge passion of mine and so today I thought I would share my top 5 musicals that I have seen, so without further ado!

SPRING AWAKENING

Spring Awakening is my all time favourite musical and this year I finally got to see it at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. The cast were incredible as was the choreography and the set.

Spring Awakening is an adaptation of a play by German play write Frank Wedekind in 1890-91 to address the censorship around sex and sexuality in German society at the time as well as the pressures young people faced.

Covering subjects such as teen suicide, abuse, abortion and loss it’s a hard hitting show.

The musical follows Wendla Bergmann a young teen who is beginning to question the teachings of her mother, school and church.

Melchior Gabor a teen with a rebellious streak and acts out against authority.

Moritz Stiefel a close friend of Melchior Gabor who is struggling in school and confindes in Melchior that he is being tormented by sexual dreams.

As well as Hanschen Rilow exploring his sexuality with fellow classmate Ernst.

Its soundtrack is a mix of softer songs such as Whispering and rock style numbers like Totally Fucked.

I feel Spring Awakening is a must see show as many of the issues addressed although in the historical setting of a German town are still very much relevant today.

Favourite Song: Those You’ve Known

Favourite Character: Moritz

Favourite Act: Act 2

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a favourite of mine, from catchy opening number that is And You Don’t Even Know It to the emotional He’s My Boy and the witty and often laugh out loud funny dialogue.

It follows Jamie New as he tries to realise his dream of becoming a drag queen in Sheffield. He faces bullying and rejection but ultimately fierce support from those that matter.

The final number Out of the Darkness is such a lovely end to a heart warming show and you leave feeling absolutely amazing.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a wonderful show and delivers such a lovely message. It is also based on a real person that is the lovely Jamie Campbell.

Favourite Song: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Favourite Character: Jamie New

Favourite Act: Act 1

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently playing at the Apollo Theatre in London until September 2019

SIX

SIX the musical brings you Henry viii’s wives in concert. I absolutely adore this musical and I think its creators Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow are geniuses.

Telling the story of Henrys wives in a totally new and fun way, with catchy songs, incredible vocals and dazzling costumes, SIX is fun and educational. Teaching you things about the Queens that you dont learn in school.

The Queens take their turns to fight it out in song to decide which Queen was the most important and quarrel among themselves in between make it a funny watch.

I cannot recommend this musical enough and I cannot wait to see it again on my birthday.

SIX is a new musical created by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow and has enjoyed great success this year both at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and its run at the Arts Theatre in London. It is now coming to the end of an equally successful short tour of the UK before coming back to the Arts Theatre next year for an open-ended run.

SIX gives us the stories of Henry viii’s wives and does it in a brilliantly unique way.

From its unique concept, stunning costume design and catchy numbers it really is a triumph.

Favourite Song: Ex-Wives

Favourite Character: Anne Boleyn

Favourite Act: SIX is a one act musical!

SIX will be returning to the Arts Theatre in London from January 2019.

WICKED

Wicked is such a good family show.

Being the prequel to The Wizard of Oz we learn how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West. The entire musical is a flashback and essentially comes full circle. With catchy numbers, absolute belters like No Good Deed and heartfelt duet As Long As You’re Mine theres something in it for everyone. The set, staging and costumes are absolutely dazzling really finish off a great show all round. There’s a very good reason why it such a favourite.
Favourite Song: No Good Deed

Favourite Character: Elphaba

Favourite Act: Act 2

Wicked is currently playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London.

LES MISERABLE

Les Mis will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first musical I ever saw in the West End. I can remember being blown away by the sets, staging and the voices of the entire cast and just generally being in complete awe.

There’s a very good reason why Les Mis is such a beloved show and still such a must see so many years down the line.

It’s tear jerking and hard hitting but has the odd comedic moment.

Favourite Song: Turning

Favourite Character: Eponine

Favourite Act: Act 1

Les Miserable is currently playing at the Queens Theatre in London and is touring.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie REVIEW

On Wednesday the 24th of October I was lucky enough to see Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre in London for the second time, this time with the lovely Luke Bayer on as Jamie New. I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to see Luke on as Jamie, and I went in with very high expectations and oh boy did he exceed them! Luke’s performance was emotive, compelling, hilarious (the eyebrow fiasco scene will be one of my favourite parts) and unbelievably captivating.

Every show I go to there are usually a couple of people whose performance really wows me, this time it was Lucie Shorthouse who plays Pritti Pasha, Melissa Jacques who was on as Margaret New and of course the wonderful Luke Bayer.

Lucie’s performance was once again absolutely outstanding. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get enough of her singing It Means Beautiful. I have a feeling that she is going to be one to watch on the theatre scene!

He’s My Boy once again brought tears to my eyes. Melissa Jacques voice and the immense emotion of her performance made it my favourite rendition of the song.

The staging of Jamie is really well executed, especially the story telling in The Legend of Loco Chanel.

The costumes in the show are well designed, from the school uniforms to the whacky get-up of the drag queens and Jamie’s dresses.

The show is truly a treat to watch!

RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

You can catch Luke Bayer on as Jamie on Monday Evening and Wednesday Matinees until the 26th of January 2019