LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Next up at New Theatre is the Sydney Premiere of Little Miss Sunshine, book by James Lapine and Music & Lyrics by William Finn.
“I would like to be the first Miss America from New Mexico.”
The Hoover family has seen better days. Richard, the father, is a less-than-inspiring motivational speaker; Grandpa’s been kicked out of his retirement home for bad behaviour; Uncle Frank has recently tried to kill himself after his boyfriend dumped him; moody teen, Dwayne, has taken a vow of silence; and much-put-upon mother Sheryl grits her teeth and holds it all together.
But energetic and optimistic Olive, the youngest Hoover, believes the world is full of possibilities, and enters a children’s beauty pageant.
Seeing a chance to change their luck, this dysfunctional and fractious family packs their beat-up Combi, and embarks on a cross-country journey from New Mexico to California, chasing the coveted title of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’.
Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), this delightful musical comedy about pursuing your dreams is filled with warmth and humour and guaranteed to charm.
New Theatre is rounding off the year with this Sydney premiere production, under the direction of Deborah Jones, returning to follow up the success last year of Nell Gwynne.
Little Miss Sunshine will play November 12 - December 14. See more details at the New Theatre website.
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