Playhouse to premiere ‘Little Miss Sunshine’

The world premiere of the musical “Little Miss Sunshine,” based on the 2006 Oscar-winning movie, will be presented Feb. 15-March 27 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre as part of La Jolla Playhouse’s 2010/11 subscription season.

A second musical for fall 2010 will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Little Miss Sunshine” is the latest project from the Tony Award-winning team of composer/lyricist William Finn and writer/director James Lapine, who previously collaborated on the musicals “Falsettos” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Working from the beloved screenplay by Michael Arndt, the pair will bring to the stage the energetic, indomitable Olive Hoover’s quest to win a regional children’s beauty pageant and the coveted title of “Little Miss Sunshine.”

Other updates to the 2010/2011 season include the rescheduling to another season of the previously announced fall 2010 production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

Here’s the subscription series lineup so far:

  • June 15–July 11: Annie Weisman’s “Surf Report,” directed by Lisa Peterson in the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre
  • July 20–Aug. 22: William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Christopher Ashley, in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
  • Sept. 17-Oct. 17: Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff’s adaptation of Dostoevsky’s “Notes from Underground,” directed by Woodruff, in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
  • Nov. 16–Dec. 19 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ruined,” directed by Liesl Tommy, in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.
Subscriptions are available in six-play, four-play and three-play packages at (858) 550-1010 or