Tony Award winners, William Finn and James Lapine, adapt the indie 2006 film for the stage.
The Hoover family take a trip from Mexico to California to enter young Olive into the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. A heartwarming musical adaptation of the Academy Award winning film by Tony Award winners, William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and James Lapine (Into the Woods, Passion).
...while I admire the show’s sympathy with the less fortunate, it is caught in a bind...It’s a perfectly likable show, but one that nibbles at the excesses of American capitalism without ever baring its fangs.'
Olive is great, as are the three other little “Mean Girl” contestants. But, overall, we never really get involved... Road musical? More like a middle-of-the-road musical, but in the end not even quite that.'
It’s a loud, in-your-face, show, and manages to punch well above its weight, but it doesn’t always provide the playfulness or energy it needs to, though the cast absolutely give it their all.'