William Finn and James Lapine's Little Miss Sunshine, based on the Oscar-winning film by Michael Arndt, will make its European premiere beginning March 21 at London's Arcola Theatre.
Directed by Mehmet Ergen, the production will continue through May 11 before embarking on a U.K. tour.
The cast will be headed by Olivier nominee Laura Pitt-Pulford as Sheryl, the matriarch of the eccentric Hoover family; Olivier winner Gary Wilmot as Grandpa; 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 be shared by Sophie Hartley Booth, Evie Gibson, and Lily Mae Denman.
The company also includes Ian Carlyle as Larry/Buddy, Imelda Warren-Green as Linda/Miss California, and Matthew McDonald as Joshua Rose/Kirby; the “Mean Girls” will be performed by Chloe Raphael, Ava Hurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon, Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Richards, and Yvie Bent. Additional casting for the tour will be announced at a later date.
The upcoming production will also have design by David Woodhead, musical direction by Arlene McNaught, lighting design by Richard Williamson, sound design by Olly Steel, and choreography by Anthony Whiteman.
The musical concerns the Hoover family, who have 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.
For tour dates, visit littlemisssunshinemusical.com.