IT'S impossible to resist this joyous feelgood punch in the air of a musical.

A sell out crowd were on their feet and dancing as the spectacular cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie took a bow at the end of the opening night of their first visit to Southampton last night. Barely a seat remains for the rest of the week.

It's the hit West End musical based on the real-life story of an aspiring teenage drag queen from Sheffield.

Think Billy Elliot with less ballet and more sequins.

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Jamie is played by willowy Layton Williams who beautifully portrays the inner vulnerability of a larger than life character with superb moves and a pair of legs to die for.

As he approaches his exams, the 16-year-old dreams of becoming a drag queen and wearing a frock to the prom.

This is a celebratory show full of heart and so witty and up to the minute that no one, from politicians to the royal family, escapes the jokes.

Jamie always has the support of his unconventional family, single mum Margaret and her best friend Ray. Amy Ellen Richardson's thrilling solo ballad of He's My Boy was a real highlight and Shobna Gulati is, as ever, a comedy genius.

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They, loyal best friend Pritti (Sharan Phull shines as the doctor in the making) and a team of supporters, overcome any adversity from Jamie's absent father and the careers advisor who wants him to channel his inner forklift truck driver. Even the school bully Dean (George Sampson has all the moves in this role) gives in and joins in the fun in the end.

The songs come from a collaboration between writer and lyricist Tom McRae and lead vocalist and principal songwriter for The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells. The score is a perfect mix of superb solos and fabulous group numbers from the uniformly brilliantly choreographed ensemble.

What a way to start a box office busting year at Mayflower Theatre. Next up is the world premiere of Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks. How very lucky we are.