Little Miss Sunshine

Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by James Lapine


12 November – 14 December


Sydney premiere


“I would like to be the first Miss America from New Mexico.”

The Hoover family has seen better days. Richard, the father, is a less-than-inspiring motivational speaker; Grandpa’s been kicked out of his retirement home for bad behaviour; Uncle Frank has recently tried to kill himself after his boyfriend dumped him; moody teen, Dwayne, has taken a vow of silence; and much-put-upon mother Sheryl grits her teeth and holds it all together.

But energetic and optimistic Olive, the youngest Hoover, believes the world is full of possibilities, and enters a children’s beauty pageant.

Seeing a chance to change their luck, this dysfunctional and fractious family packs their beat-up Combi, and embarks on a cross-country journey from New Mexico to California, chasing the coveted title of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’.

Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (Into the WoodsSunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), this delightful musical comedy about pursuing your dreams is filled with warmth and humour and will charm audiences of all ages.

“An ingenious, jaunty, sweet invention” Newsday


creative team

Director Deborah Jones
Set Designer David Marshall-Martin
Musical Director Laura Heuston
Assistant Director Garth Saville
Production Manager John Short




Previews 12 & 13 Nov 7:30pm
Opening Night Thu 14 Nov 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm
Sun 5pm
Sat 14 Dec 2pm only


Full $35
Concession, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22 (with promo code)
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20

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