Friday, December 17, 2010

Cast and Creative Team Announced for Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team of its upcoming world-premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine, by William Finn and James Lapine. The production runs February 15 - March 27, 2011 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.

The cast features Hunter Foster (Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors) as Richard Hoover, Malcolm Gets (Caroline in the City, A New Brain, Amour) as Frank Ginsberg, Georgi James (Billy Elliot) as Olive Hoover, Dick Latessa (Hairspray) as Grandpa, Jennifer Laura Thompson (Urinetown, Wicked) as Sheryl Hoover and Taylor Trensch (Spring Awakening) as Dwayne Hoover.

The ensemble includes Bradley Dean, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Eliseo Roman, Andrew Samonsky, Sally Wilfert and Zakiya Young; and the Pageant Girls include local actresses Felicity Bryant, Sophia Delange, Kishka Grantz and Madi Rae DiPietro.

The creative team includes David Korins, scenic designer; Jennifer Caprio, costume designer; Ken Billington, lighting designer; Dan Moses Schreier, sound designer; Christopher Gatelli, musical staging; Vadim Feichtner, music director/conductor; Michael Starobin, orchestrator; and William Aronson: music arranger.

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 – umm, 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.

Tickets are available or by calling 858-550-1010.

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