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 Thomas takes 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.