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Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

February 15 - March 27, 2011

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book and Direction by James Lapine
A World Premiere Musical

The Hoover family has seen better days. Richard, the father, is a floundering motivational speaker, Grandpa’s been kicked out of his retirement home, and Uncle Frank’s been dumped by his boyfriend. Moody teenager Dwayne has taken a vow of silence and overextended mom Sheryl can do little more than slap on a smile. But when the youngest Hoover… energetic Olive, enters a regional children’s beauty pageant, the family thinks their luck could change and embarks on a cross-country trek chasing the coveted title of “Little Miss Sunshine.”

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is an outrageously funny and surprisingly touching new musical.

Recommended for ages 12+.

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Ticket Prices: $44 - $100, subject to availability

Run Time: Act I: 75 min
Act II: 60 min

Sponsor: MoFo

Co-Sponsors: US Bank
Alexandria Real Estate

In-Kind Sponsor: La Valencia

 
James Lapine and William Finn

The Creative Team


William Finn and James Lapine’s previous collaborations include the Tony-winning hits Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Mr. Finn is also the composer of In Trousers, Romance in Hard Times and A New Brain. Mr. Lapine is the Pulitzer- and three-time Tony Award-winning book writer/director of the musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Passion, among others.
Know Before You GoLearn more about Little Miss Sunshine and discover the inspiration of the creative team with behind-the-scenes stories and background information.
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James Lapine

Read about the award-winning Playwright/Director behind Little Miss Sunshine.
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William Finn

Read about the award-winning Composer/Lyricist Little Miss Sunshine.
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  • Georgi James plays "Olive Hoover" in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Taylor Trensch plays "Dwayne Hoover" in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Jennifer Laura Thompson plays "Sheryl Hoover" in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Hunter Foster plays "Richard Hoover" in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Malcolm Gets plays "Frank" in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Dick Latessa plays "Grandpa" in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine.
San Diego Union-Tribune

The "Sunshine" set: Playhouse announces new musical's cast
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San Diego Magazine

Little Miss Sunshine Takes the Stage
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Playbill

Hunter Foster, Dick Latessa, Malcolm Gets, Jennifer Laura Thompson Will Star in Little Miss Sunshine
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Theatermania

Hunter Foster, Malcolm Gets, Georgi James, Jennifer Laura Thompson, et al. Set for Little Miss Sunshine Musical at La Jolla Playhouse
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Little Miss Sunshine Blog Topics

Theatre Diary: Southern California native did miss sunshine; now he’s back in it

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