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
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 youve ever harboured a secret love, youll 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
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
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