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‘Little Miss Sunshine’ musical headed to Chicago Theatre Workshop

Written by
Kris Vire

Chicago Theatre Workshop, the new company dedicated to fresh and in-development musicals, has completed casting for its upcoming Chicago premiere of Little Miss Sunshine.

Based on the Oscar-winning 2006 indie film about an oddball family road-tripping to a beauty pageant, the musical is by book writer James Lapine (Into the Woods) and composer William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). CTW’s staging, helmed by Maggie Portman, will be the show’s first in the U.S. since its 2013 Off Broadway debut at New York’s Second Stage.

The cast here will include Greg Foster and Sharyon Culberson as parents Richard and Sheryl (played by Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette in the film), Ken Rubenstein as Grandpa, Kyle Klein II as Dwayne, George Keating as Uncle Frank and Sophie Kaegi as pageant hopeful Olive Hoover (the role for which Abigail Breslin earned an Oscar nomination at the age of 10).

The ensemble is rounded out by David Besky as Larry, Jennifer Ledesma as Linda, Connor Baty as Josh, Chayce Davis as Chelsea, Jersie Joniak as Tracee and Tatum Pearlman as Deborah. Little Miss Sunshine runs May 11 to June 4 at the Edge Theater.

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