If you’ve seen the film Little Miss Sunshine, then it’s easy to imagine how great a quirky hit musical of the show will be! The European tour is bound to be a hit, telling the story of Olive Hoover as she travels 800-miles with her family in a rickety VW camper van to enter the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. The uplifting story will translate well as it explores the quirky dysfunctional relationship of families, insecurities and overcoming our differences.
Singer Lucy O’Byrne will star as Sheryl, Olive’s mother. She shot to fame on The Voice in 2005, and has performed the roles Evita, Fantine and Maria in hit musicals – she’s sure to be a cracking addition to the cast.
Mark Moraghan, Adrian Mortimer in Coronation Street and Owen Davis in Holby City, will play Grandpa. His theatre credits are extensive, as are his television credits, so he’s going to steal the show with this funny and eccentric character part. He seems a little young to be playing such a comedic geriatric part but this’ll certainly but his acting abilities to the test!
The rest of the Hoover family includes Gabriel Vick as Sheryl’s husband Richard, two-time Olivier nominee Paul Keating as Sheryl’s brother Frank and Sev Keoshgerian as Sheryl’s son Dwayne. The role of Olive will be shared by Evie Gibson, Sophie Hartley Booth and Lily Mae Denman.
If it’s anything like Matilda, these little girls will blow you away with their talents and charm – it’s always incredible and a little terrifying how superb a cast of children can be – almost matching their adult co-stars in terms of confidence, energy and acting ability!
The musical comedy has been created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods) and William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
Catch Little Miss Sunshine at The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, from 19th-22nd June.