The premiere of Every Little Thing — a musical based on Cedella Marley’s book of the same name — took place at the Adventure MTC Theatre in Glen Echo, Maryland, last weekend.
It was attended by children of reggae legend Bob Marley including his daughter Cedella and son Rohan, as well as several of his grandchildren.
According to the Washington Post,
the musical’s young protagonist, Ziggy (Jobari Parker-Namdar), is so terrified of hurricanes, mongooses and other things in his native Jamaica that he is afraid to leave the house. Adding to his apprehension is the lurking presence of a bogeyman named Duppy (S. Lewis Feemster), who sneaks up on people and steals their hair.
Fear not, Ziggy! To quote this play’s namesake song: Every little thing gonna be all right! Sure enough, with help and encouragement from his mother (Ayanna Hardy), his friend Nansi (Brittany N. Williams), and an avian chum named Doctor Bird (David Little), Ziggy finally gets out into the sunshine, scuttling Duppy’s villainous plans in the process.
An excited Cedella spoke about the musical which was inspired by her father’s song, Three Little Birds.
“The Three Little Birds adaptation and performance were lovely. The music, set, costumes and performance were full of beautiful positive energy. I am overjoyed to see how my father’s music and my book have impacted all walks of life,” she told the Jamaica Observer.
Other Marley songs in the production include Smile Jamaica and One Love. ‘So Much Trouble In The World, Is This Love?
The play is scheduled to run until April 15 at Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or call 301-634-2270.