Little Miss Sunshine arrives in York: Grand Opera House Preview

Little Miss Sunshine, is currently on a fantastic run at the Grand Opera House, York, and you still have time to head down to watch it!

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos). This new production is directed by Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen with design by David Woodhead, musical direction by Arlene McNaught, musical supervision by Mark Crossland, lighting design by Richard Williamson, sound design by Olly Steel, and choreography by Anthony Whiteman.

The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they? This inventive and uplifting musical celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.

Early reviews from York Press were mixed with Charles Hutchinson saying “Moraghan’s hippie Grandpa, leg tattooed, language rich, is the stand-out; O’Byrne and Vick are the show’s ballast in their straight parental roles; Keating’s Uncle Frank and Keoshgerian’s no less unhappy Dwayne find the darkness within, but still mine the comedy too.”

We are looking forward to attending the show which sees Lucy O’Byrne and Mark Moraghan join the cast for the UK run. The rest of the Hoover family remain unchanged from the Arcola Theatre’s run with Gabriel Vick as Sheryl’s husband Richard, two-time Olivier nominee Paul Keating as Sheryl’s brother Frank and Sev Keoshgerian as Sheryl’s son Dwayne. The role of Olive will again be shared by Evie Gibson, Sophie Hartley Booth and Lily Mae Denman.

Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 June Box Office: 0844 871 3024
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