Big Brother's Marco Makes West End Debut

Big Brother's Marco Makes West End Debut

Extrovert Big Brother evictee Marco Sabba will make his professional stage debut this month with a non-singing cameo role in the UK and European première of Little by Little, which will run at the Arts Theatre for five performances only on 25 July; 8 & 22 Aug 2004.

The show, which has music by Brad Ross, lyrics by Ellen Greenfield and Hal Hackaday, and book by Annette Jolles and Ellen Greenfield, will feature Paul Spicer, Julie Atherton, Christine Holman

Marco was invited by the producers of "Little by Little" to fill a guest slot as the show’s camp waiter after they were impressed by his uninhibited flamboyance and naturally effusive personality during the time he spent in the Channel 4 reality TV programme’s now infamous house. Commenting on the casting, Benjamin Till, director of Little by Little, says: “In casting the cameo role, we were looking for someone with an instantly identifiable character, someone who young audiences would relate to and someone with a strong enough personality that would enable them to be themselves on stage. Endless ideas were considered, but in the end, Marco was everyone’s preferred choice. From his time in the house, it was obvious he had an understanding of and passion for musical theatre and his enthusiasm for the genre is what singled him out as the ideal choice.”

Marco says, “It’s a privilege to have been asked to work alongside such talented actors and on such an exciting new piece of theatre, which is being performed in the UK for the first time.”

In addition to his role in the show, Marco will also be lending a hand after the curtain comes down in distributing complimentary condoms to audiences courtesy of Trojan Condoms, who are supporting the show in a tongue-in-cheek gesture to ensure that audiences are prepared for whatever else their evenings may hold in store.

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 discover hidden depths to their seemingly straightforward relationships.

Produced by Neil Eckersley, Little by Little is directed by Benjamin Till with musical staging by Paul Spicer, sound by Marcus Wadland.

"Little by Little" 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. It was subsequently produced by The York Theatre Company as a fully staged Off-Broadway show in 1999.

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