Melissa Jacques, who has understudied the role of Margaret New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie for over a year, is to take on the role full time.
She steps up into the role from September 30, replacing Rebecca McKinnis, who is leaving to join the cast of Dear Evan Hansen.
It has also been announced that Phil Nichol is returning to the show, in the role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle. He played the role in the original London cast.
Joining Phil and Melissa are Alexander Archer as Mickey, Tilly La Belle Yengo as Fatimah and Gillian Ford as understudy Margaret, Miss Hedge and Ray.
Producer Nica Burnssaid: “Sad as we are to lose Rebecca McKinnis, we are delighted that she is leaving to play the role of Heidi Hansen for the UK premiere of the Broadway hit, Dear Evan Hansen. Rebecca started with Jamie as understudy two years ago and was promoted into the leading role of Margaret New and made it her own. It is wonderful to see Melissa Jacques following in her footsteps as she too steps up to the role of Margaret.”
She added: “Like Rebecca, Melissa is a terrific actress with a fantastic voice. There is an extraordinary wealth of performing talent in the UK and it is exciting to see artists developing within a company and establishing themselves as lead performers.”
The show has music by Dan Gillespie Sells, and a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae.
It is directed by Jonathan Butterell.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is produced byNica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, Teresa and Craig Beech.