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Second Stage Theatre (New York, NY)
307 West 43rd Street (at 8th Avenue)

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On life's twisty road, sometimes you need to pull over and change direction. When the coveted title of 'Little Miss Sunshine' is unexpectedly within her reach, young Olive Hoover convinces her family to make the 800 mile trek to the pre-teen pageant of her dreams. Along the way, a series of mishaps threatens to derail the group's quest for the crown, until they realize a young girl's far-fetched goal may actually hold the key to the family's happiness. From the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine and William Finn comes Little Miss Sunshine, a new musical comedy about one modern family's unexpected route to brighter days.

William Finn and James Lapine's previous collaborations include the Tony-winning hits Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. William Finn is also the composer of In Trousers, Romance in Hard Times, and A New Brain. James Lapine is the book writer/director of the musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Passion, among others.

Little Miss Sunshine is based on the film, Little Miss Sunshine, written by Michael Arndt. Artwork by Ballerini Cooley Studios.


Review:  LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Lowers The BarReview: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Lowers The Bar
by Michael Dale - November 23, 2013

William Finn and James Lapine's sluggish new musical only occasionally hints at the brilliance of its creators. (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of Second Stage's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE on Opening Night -Plus a Sneak Peek!BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of Second Stage's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE on Opening Night -Plus a Sneak Peek!
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 15, 2013

Last night, November 14, Second Stage opened its much-anticipated production of Little Miss Sunshine. This new musical comedy is based on the film of the same name by Michael Arndt. It was adapted for the stage by Tony Award-winning team James Lapine, who wrote the book, and William Finn, who wrote the lyrics and music. Little Miss Sunshine's run has now been extended through Dec 15. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was at the after party to chat with the whole gang and you can check out what they had to say on opening night, plus a first look at the production below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE's Opening Night with William Finn, Audra McDonald & More!Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE's Opening Night with William Finn, Audra McDonald & More!
by Walter McBride - November 15, 2013

Last night, November 14, Second Stage opened its much-anticipated production of Little Miss Sunshine. This new musical comedy is based on the film of the same name by Michael Arndt. It was adapted for the stage by Tony Award-winning team James Lapine, who wrote the book, and William Finn, who wrote the lyrics and music. Little Miss Sunshine's run has now been extended through Dec 15. BroadwayWorld was there for all of the opening night festivities and you can check out photos from the star-studded arrivals below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Second Stage's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Celebrates Opening Night!Photo Coverage: Second Stage's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Celebrates Opening Night!
by Walter McBride - November 15, 2013

Last night, November 14, Second Stage opened its much-anticipated production of Little Miss Sunshine. This new musical comedy is based on the film of the same name by Michael Arndt. It was adapted for the stage by Tony Award-winning team James Lapine, who wrote the book, and William Finn, who wrote the lyrics and music. Little Miss Sunshine's run has now been extended through Dec 15. BroadwayWorld was there for all of the opening night festivities and you can check out photos from the after party below! (more...)

Review Roundup: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Opens at Second Stage - All the Reviews!Review Roundup: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Opens at Second Stage - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - November 14, 2013

Tonight, November 14, Second Stage opens its much-anticipated production of Little Miss Sunshine. This new musical comedy is based on the film of the same name by Michael Arndt. It was adapted for the stage by Tony Award-winning team James Lapine, who wrote the book, and William Finn, who wrote the lyrics and music. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Second Stage Opens LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tonight, 11/14Second Stage Opens LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tonight, 11/14
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2013

Tonight, Second Stage opens its anticipated production of Little Miss Sunshine. This new musical comedy is based on the film of the same name by Michael Arndt. It was adapted for the stage by Tony Award-winning team James Lapine, who wrote the book, and William Finn, who wrote the lyrics and music. Little Miss Sunshine's run has now been extended through Dec 15. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Backstage Pass to LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE- Episode 2STAGE TUBE: Backstage Pass to LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE- Episode 2
by Stage Tube - October 28, 2013

In the video below, Little Miss Sunshine's Hannah Nordberg, Tony nominee Will Swenson and more give you an inside look at the show's journey to the stage. Check out the behind the scenes video below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Will Swenson, Stephanie J. Block & More in Second Stage's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINEPhoto Flash: First Look at Will Swenson, Stephanie J. Block & More in Second Stage's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
by BWW News Desk - October 28, 2013

Little Miss Sunshine, anew musical is based on the film of the same name by Michael Arndt, is currently in previews at Second Stage Theatre. It was adapted for the stage by James Lapine, who wrote the book, and William Finn, who wrote the lyrics and music. Little Miss Sunshine will run until December 8. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Second Stage Begins Previews for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE TonightSecond Stage Begins Previews for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 15, 2013

Second Stage begins previews for its production of Little Miss Sunshine tonight at 7pm. This new musical is based on the film of the same name by Michael Arndt. It was adapted for the stage by James Lapine, who wrote the book, and William Finn, who wrote the lyrics and music. Lapine and Finn also worked together on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Falsettos. Little Miss Sunshine will run until Dec 8. (more...)

VIDEO: Backstage Pass - Rory O'Malley, Hannah Nordberg in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINEVIDEO: Backstage Pass - Rory O'Malley, Hannah Nordberg in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
by BWW News Desk - October 9, 2013

Little Miss Sunshine's Hannah Nordberg (Olive Hoover) and Tony nominee Rory O'Malley appear in this new Backstage Pass video for the new musical based on the film of the same name written by Michael Arndt. Check out the behind-the-scenes look below! (more...)

Will Swenson to Replace Will Chase in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE at Second StageWill Swenson to Replace Will Chase in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - September 3, 2013

Tony Award nominee WILL SWENSON (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Hair) will play the role of Richard Hoover in the upcoming off-Broadway musical comedy, Little Miss Sunshine, with book and direction by Tony Award-Winner JAMES LAPINE and music and lyrics by Tony Award Winner WILLIAM FINN. Mr. Swenson replaces the previously announced Will Chase. (more...)

Rory O'Malley, Wesley Taylor, Josh Lamon & More Set for Second Stage's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINERory O'Malley, Wesley Taylor, Josh Lamon & More Set for Second Stage's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
by BWW News Desk - July 30, 2013

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced additional cast members for its upcoming new musical comedy, Little Miss Sunshine. JOSH LAMON (Hair, Elf), Tony Award-Nominee RORY O'MALLEY (The Book of Mormon, 2ST's current Nobody Loves You), DAVID RASCHE (2ST's Warrior Class), LOGAN ROWLAND (The Addams Family), JENNIFER SANCHEZ (West Side Story), and WESLEY TAYLOR ('Smash,' Rock of Ages) will join previously announced cast members STEPHANIE J. BLOCK, WILL CHASE, and nine-year old HANNAH ROSE NORDBERG in the new musical comedy, Little Miss Sunshine. With book and direction by Tony Award-Winner JAMES LAPINE and music and lyrics by Tony Award-Winner WILLIAM FINN, Little Miss Sunshine kicks off Second Stage Theatre's 35th anniversary season on October 15 and will officially open in mid-November. (more...)