Directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills, with music direction by James Stenborg, the cast includes Jacob L. Smith, Sarah Ziegler, Savannah Frazier, Ryan Hilliard, Lawrence Asher, Joan Barber, Lee Hollis Bussie, Lynn Craig, James Erickson, Devin Ilaw, Kevin Patrick Martin, Chelsie Nectow, Jay Paranada, Rachel Rhodes-Devey, Catie Shelley, Ryan Speakman and Michael Jayne Walker.
Performances continue through March 16.
With book, music and lyrics by Rick Besoyan, Little Mary Sunshine, according to Musicals Tonight!, "gently spoofs such old-time favorites like 'Rose Marie' and 'Naughty Marietta' — but has a personality all its own. The plot is a little bit of everything: Colorado Rangers led by stalwart Captain Jim (Smith); the lovely Mary Sunshine (Ziegler), her 'naughty' maid Nancy (Frazier); a chorus of giggling schoolgirls and the ominous but benevolent Indian chief (Hilliard)."
The original Off-Broadway production premiered in 1959 at the Orpheum Theatre with Eileen Brennan in the title role and ran 1,143 performances. Little Mary Sunshine has not been seen in New York for 45 years.
The season will continue with George and Ira Gershwin's For Goodness Sake (March 18-30), directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills, with music direction by David Bishop; and Rodgers and Hart's America's Sweetheart (April 1-13), directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills, with music direction by James Stenborg. The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row is located at 410 W. 42nd Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 560-2186 visit MusicalsTonight.org.