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Can friends ever be lovers? Little by Little we'll find out!



Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING their critically acclaimed performances in the recent sell-out Notes from New York at the Donmar Warehouse, young musical theatre stars, Paul Spicer and Julie Atherton, return to the West End, alongside newcomer, Christine Holman, to headline the UK and European première of Little by Little, a musical about love, friendship, hormones and sex, which will play at The Arts Theatre for five performances this Summer.

Produced by the same creative team behind the successful Notes from New York series, Little by Little examines the ever-blurred boundaries between friendship and love.

Just how attracted are we to those we call friends? Can friends ever be lovers? Lovers ever friends?

Three young adults will discover hidden depths to their seemingly straightforward relationships in what is being described as a ‘fun-fuelled musical full of youthful passion and libidinous longing’.

One man, two women, three sets of hormones. He fancies her. She fancies him. So far, so simple. Except that he has another admirer, in whom they both place their trust.

Cue pent-up frustrations and explosive interchanges in this upbeat look at what it is to be young and smitten.

If you’ve ever harboured a secret love, you’ll know exactly how it feels.

Paul Spicer, whose credits include leads in The Witches of Eastwick, Fame and Taboo, is currently touring the UK as a featured dancer in the hit 70s musical Saturday Night Fever, while Julie Atherton, who received rave reviews for her roles as Sophie, in Mamma Mia, and Serena, in Fame, is playing the lead in Just So at the Chichester Festival Theatre this Summer.

Both will star in the upcoming Notes from New York at the Arts Theatre, on Sunday, July .

Christine Holman, meanwhile, whose credits include Return to the Forbidden Planet and The Roy Orbison Story, makes her West End debut in Little by Little.

Little by Little has music by Brad Ross, lyrics by Ellen Greenfield and Hal Hackaday, and book by Annette Jolles and Ellen Greenfield.

It began life in 1991, as a staged concert at The York Theatre Company, in New York, following which it was rewritten and developed.

In 1995, it received a workshop production in Greenwich Village before receiving its US regional première a year later at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, in Miami, where it received rave reviews.

It was subsequently produced by The York Theatre Company, as a fully staged Off-Broadway show, in 1999, to great critical acclaim.

Produced by Neil Eckersley, Little by Little is directed by Benjamin Till with musical direction by David Randall and sound design by Marcus Wadland.

Little By Little, The Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2. Box Office: 020 7836 3334. Performances: Sunday, July 25, at 7.30pm; Sundays, August 8 & 22: 4pm & 7.30pm.
Ticket Prices: Stalls: £25, £20; Circle: £25, £20, £15; £5 off top price tickets for students and under-18s.

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