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Review: Little Miss Sunshine – the Musical

Little Miss Sunshine follows a family’s journey as they not only struggle to get from New Mexico to California, a 800 mile trip, but also deal with their own personal problems.

The Hoover family have their issues. Mum, Sheryl and Dad, Richard likes to argue. Uncle Frank has relationship issues. Eldest son, Dwayne refuses to talk and Grandpa is more interested in sex and drugs than retiring quietly in an old people’s home.

Youngest sibling, Olive wins a place in the final of beauty pageant and has her heart set on becoming the next Little Miss Sunshine but the competition is taking place on the other side of America! The family’s only option is to pile into their aging yellow campervan for a road trip across the United States.

However with tensions building and the Van not being that mechanically reliable will the Hoover’s make it in time for Olive to even take part, let alone win?

With an imaginative set and fabulous musical numbers, Little Miss Sunshine makes for an enjoyable outing to the theatre. The scenes set in the camper van were particularly well thought out and they work really well on stage.

A strong cast brings the action to life, and although the first Act was a little slow in pace, the second Act certainly makes up for it, with some really funny moments and Olive starring in a great musical number, which is thoroughly enjoyable.

Little Miss Sunshine is one of those feel good productions with the right balance of angst and humour, with some very funny moments.

Sophie Hartley Booth played Olive with the ease of a much mature and experienced actor. With a huge amount of dialogue and musical numbers she didn’t falter once and truly was the star of this production.

Little Miss Sunshine is at the New Wolsey Theatre until Saturday 25th May. To book your tickets visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or telephone the Box Office on 01473 295900.

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine

(Images featured include the Original London Cast.)

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