PHOTO CALL: William Finn and James Lapine's Little Miss Sunshine Premieres at La Jolla

News   PHOTO CALL: William Finn and James Lapine's Little Miss Sunshine Premieres at La Jolla
William Finn and James Lapine's new musical comedy Little Miss Sunshine, featuring Broadway's Hunter Foster, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Malcolm Gets and Tony Award winner Dick Latessa, began a world-premiere run Feb. 15 at La Jolla Playhouse in California.

The musical based on the hit film of the same name plays to March 27, under the direction of Lapine, in LJP's Mandell Weiss Theatre in La Jolla, CA. Finn penned music and lyrics, and Lapine wrote the libretto. In the plot, a dysfunctional family takes a road trip so that a young daughter (played by Georgi James) might realize a dream of winning a beauty pageant.


Here is a first look at the production:

Opening night is March 4. 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.

In the musical, 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, 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 pre-teen beauty pageant, the family thinks their luck could change and embarks on a cross-country trek chasing the coveted title of Little Miss Sunshine." For more information, call (858) 550-1010 or visit

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