Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

The road to happiness is a bumpy ride.

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy from Tony Award-winners James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).

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 in to their rickety yellow camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they?

This uplifting, modern classic celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.

Lapine and Finn’s inventive musical version opens in London in a brand new production directed by Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen, then takes to the road for a national tour.

Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

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Little Miss Sunshine running time: 
2 hours
James Lapine
Mehmet Ergen
Songs by:
William Finn
Richard Williamson
Olly Steel
David Woodhead
Anthony Whiteman
Cast list:
Sophie Hartley-Booth, Ian Carlyle, Lily Mae Denman, Evie Gibson, Sev Keoshgerian, Paul Keating, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Matthew McDonald, Gabriel Vick, Imelda Warren-Green, Gary Wilmot Chloe Raphael, Ava Hurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon, Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Layla, Yvie Bent

Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
Venue Box Office:
020 7503 1646
Nearest tube:
West Finchley / Woodside Park

Little Miss Sunshine Customer reviews

Our Little Miss Sunshine Review

Little Miss Sunshine is a fizzy - and admittedly occasionally fuzzy - little ray of musical sunshine. It is as eccentrically imperfect as the family it portrays who embark on a road trip from New Mexico to California in a wonky VW minibus van that's prone to breaking down so that the young daughter can enter a kids beauty contest.  Yet, like them, its very fallibility is part of its generous... Read more

Latest Little Miss Sunshine News & Features

Little Miss Sunshine
Laura Pitt-Pulford and Gary Wilmot to star in European premiere of Little Miss Sunshine
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Little Miss Sunshine at the Arcola Theatre written by James Lapine and William Finn, which will be the musical’s European premiere. Little Miss Sunshine tells the story of Olive Hoover, a young girl who wants to enter a Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. To get to the competition, she and her family have to travel 800 miles from New Mexico to California in order to compete.

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