The world premiere of Little Miss Sunshine based on the hit Academy Award-nominated indie film of 2006, has a Tony Award-winning creative team of composer-lyricist William Finn and writer-director James Lapine, who previously collaborated on the Tony Award-winning musicals Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The production will run Feb. 15-March 27, 2011, in the Mandell Weiss Theatre in La Jolla, CA..
Michael Arndt penned the screenplay of the film, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
According to La Jolla notes, "The Hoover family has seen better days. Richard, the father, is a floundering motivational speaker, Grandpa's been kicked out of his retirement home for doing drugs, 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 — energetic, indomitable 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.' With a rollicking pace and moments of joyful abandon, Little Miss Sunshine is an outrageously funny and surprisingly touching new musical."
The Playhouse leadership also announced that it has postponed its fall production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder to a future season. Another musical for fall 2010 will be announced in the coming weeks.