Expect lots of Sunshine this fall! A musical adaptation of the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine is heading to off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre beginning October 15. Helmed by Tony winner James Lapine, the musical features music and lyrics by Tony winner William Finn and a book by Lapine. No official opening night or casting has been announced.
Little Miss Sunshine originally premiered at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse in 2011, starring Tony nominee Hunter Foster as Richard Hoover, Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Sheryl Hoover, Tony nominee Malcolm Gets as Frank Ginsberg, Tony winner Dick Latessa as Grandpa, Georgi James as Olive and Taylor Trensch as Dwayne.
The La Jolla production received mixed reviews, but the Second Stage mounting will be a completely revamped version of the musical, according to artistic director Carole Rothman. “The original concept had more to do with the Volkswagen bus trip, which we couldn’t really fit on our stage,” she told The New York Times. “But the show was really been retooled to focus on the family. There are only about three songs left from the La Jolla version. Once they didn’t need a big bus, we were like, ‘C’mon guys, let’s do it here.’”
An invitation-only reading of Little Miss Sunshine took place this spring, starring Tony winners Christian Borle and John Larroquette alongside Tony nominee Sherie Rene Scott.
Can’t wait until October? Click below to see the trailer from the Little Miss Sunshine film, starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Abigail Breslin.