Jamie New is a 17-year-old boy from England who wants to become a drag queen.
Yet, harsh and prejudicial remarks from people have made it hard for him to find his true identity.
But with support from his mother and best friend, he finds a way and eventually becomes what he always wanted to be.
Based on the BBC documentary ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16′,..the musical, originally titled ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ was a huge hit in London’s West End.
But now, ‘Jamie’ has arrived in Korea, and held its Asian premiere in Seoul last weekend.
The musical showcases some truly unique acting performances along with joyous music played on stage by a live band.
The British production team couldn’t come to Korea due to COVID-19 so they worked with the Korean production team online to make sure every aspect of the production, from props to lighting, matched the original.
The production team as well as Jo Kwon, who is cast in the lead role as Jamie, say they hope the musical can be a chance for every ‘Jamie’ out there to be brave.”Aside from subjects like becoming a drag queen and identity issues, I just want people who are fighting against prejudice to be confident and brave by seeing how Jamie makes his dream come true.”Interview:
“I wondered what the Korean audience would think of this story. I was so pleased that viewers embraced the Jamie character and gave messages of support.”
‘Jamie’ runs until September 11th, and can be seen at LG Arts Center located in the Gangnam-gu District of Seoul.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.