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EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (a coming-of-age stage musical) Music - Dan Gillespie Sells : book and lyrics - Tom MacRae Premiere - 8 February 2017: - Crucible Theatre, Sheffield STORY Act One Miss Hedge, a careers teacher, asks her noisy year eleven class what they want to be when they get older. One student of the class, Jamie New, gets teased about his homosexuality and reveals to the audience all he wants to be is a drag queen (And You Don't Even Know It). When prompted, Jamie tells the class he wants to be a performer, but Miss Hedge tells him to get real. At Jamie's house, his mum Margaret and family friend Ray are preparing for his sixteenth birthday. When Jamie arrives home, Margaret gives him a card from his dad, with a picture of a race car. Margaret then gives Jamie his gift from her - a pair of red high heels from Meadowhall. Jamie reveals hesitation about going outside his garden in the shoes (Wall in My Head). The next day at school, Jamie shows his best friend Pritti his new heels, and then he is interrupted by Dean, the school bully. He taunts Pritti for being Muslim, and Jamie for being gay. Jamie taunts Dean for his small penis in return. Embarrassed, Dean leaves. Pritti encourages Jamie to go to prom in a dress (Spotlight). Jamie then parades around the classroom in his heels (Spotlight (Reprise) (Star of the Show)). At his local shop for drag queen attire, Victor's Secret, Jamie befriends the owner Hugo, and learns all about Hugo's past as a drag queen (The Legend of Loco Chanelle (and the Blood Red Dress)). Hugo books Jamie's first drag show at the local nightclub, and helps Jamie choose his dress (The Legend of Loco Chanelle (and the Blood Red Dress) (Reprise)). Meanwhile, Margaret meets with Jamie's dad, where she reveals she has been lying to Jamie about the activity of his dad, including the fact she has to write a birthday card from him each birthday. Jamie's dad tells Margaret he wants nothing to do with Jamie, claiming he is not a real boy. Margaret ponders what her life would be like if she never met Jamie's dad (If I Met Myself Again). At school, Jamie pulls Pritti into a disabled toilet so she can help with his make-up. They are discovered by Miss Hedge, but Pritti tells her that she is doing Jamie's make-up for an art project. Miss Hedge tells Jamie that he should be proud of being an art project, and walks him around school in the make-up. Jamie, initially embarrassed by the attention, decides to be proud of himself, telling the school that he is doing a drag show at the local nightclub, Legs Eleven, that night (Work of Art). Outside Legs Eleven, Jamie bumps into Dean, who calls him a minger. Inside the club, Margaret and Ray have been introduced to a group of drag queens: Laika Virgin, Tray Sophisticay, and Sandra Bollock. Hugo emerges, now dressed as Loco Chanelle, his drag alter-ego. Jamie runs in to tell them all he cannot go on because of what Dean said. Jamie finds the dress he admired at Victor's Secret in his dressing room, with a tag on saying Love Dad as well as a flower delivery from Jamie's dad. Loco Chanelle, with the help of the other drag queens, encourage Jamie to find his drag self, whom Jamie calls Mimi Me, and get him ready and push him onstage (Over the Top) Act Two The next day, the school is buzzing with news of Jamie's drag debut (Everybody's Talking About Jamie). Jamie