Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: Little Miss Sunshine

Most people have seen the movie Little Miss Sunshine. Turns out they're making it into a musical! The La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego is a really good theatre with strong ties to Broadway, dozens of big shows have started here and then transferred to the great white way. So, the prospect of seeing the world premiere of Little Miss Sunshine: The Musical there was quite appealing.

The production quality was amazing, and the performers were top notch. (For all you theatre geeks it starred Hunter Foster of Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors as the dad, and Jennifer Laura Thompson of Wicked as the mum). Even the little girl who played Olive has been on broadway twice! 

Paul in front of the theatre.

But the writing just wasn't that good. None of the songs were particularly memorable, which is unfortunate because the creative team behind it also wrote a show that I really love - the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 

So, while we don't regret going at all, I'll be surprised if it makes it to broadway without some massive rewriting.


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