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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE to Open Second Stage Theatre's Upcoming 35th Anniversary Season

THE NEW MUSICAL COMEDY

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

TO OPEN SECOND STAGE THEATRE’S
UPCOMING 35TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

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Composer/Lyricist WILLIAM FINN
and Director/Book Writer JAMES LAPINE

Return to Second Stage Theatre
Where They Most Recently Collaborated on
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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Previews Begin October 15
Opening in mid-November

May 23, 2013 – Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced that the new musical comedy, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, with music and lyricsby William Finn and book and direction by James Lapine, will kick off the theatre’s 35th anniversary season this fall. William Finn and James Lapine return to Second Stage Theatre where they most recently collaborated on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Previews for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE begin October 15, 2013 with an official opening in mid- November.  Casting, full creative team, and opening night date will be announced at a later date.

On life’s twisty road, sometimes you need to pull over and change direction. When the coveted title of “Little Miss Sunshine” is unexpectedly within her reach, young Olive Hoover convinces her family to make the 800 mile trek to the pre-teen pageant of her dreams.  Along the way, a series of mishaps threatens to derail the group’s quest for the crown, until they realize a young girl’s far-fetched goal may actually hold the key to the family’s happiness.   From the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine and William Finn comes LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, a new musical comedy about one modern family’s unexpected route to brighter days.

“I am thrilled to kick off our 35th Anniversary Season with LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and to welcome back William Finn and James Lapine, two artists who have significant histories with Second Stage, most recently with our production of their musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” said Carole Rothman, Artistic Director.  “It seems appropriate to kick off this landmark season with a musical about optimism and resiliency, two qualities that are crucial for any not-for-profit theatre celebrating its past while also looking to its future.  I can’t wait to introduce this exuberant, funny, and sophisticated new musical to our audience.”

William Finn and James Lapine’s previous collaborations include the Tony-winning hits Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  William Finn is also the composer of In Trousers, Romance in Hard Times, and A New Brain.  James Lapineis the book writer/director of the musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Passion, among others. 

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINEis based on the film, Little Miss Sunshine, written by Michael Arndt.

For subscription or ticket information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visit the company’s website, www.2ST.com.  All performances are staged at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street (just west of Eighth Avenue).

4-play subscription tickets are available now and begin at $150.  Packages include Nobody Loves You, byItamar Moses and Gaby Alteras well as Erica Lipez’s The Tutorsand Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair’s musical Murder for Two,the two productions in Second Stage’s acclaimed summer Uptown series and Little Miss Sunshine.  Subscription packages may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or online at www.2ST.com.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

WILLIAM FINN is the writer and composer of Falsettos, for which he received two Tony Awards, Best Book of a Musical (with James Lapine) and Best Original Score.  He has also written and composed In Trousers, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, two Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the Lucille Lortel Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition).  Mr. Finn wrote the lyrics to Graciela Daniele’s Tango Apasionado (music by the great Astor Piazzolla) and, with Michael Starobin, the music to Lapine’s version of The Winter’s Tale.  His musical, Romance in Hard Times, was presented at the Public Theater.  Recently, he wrote Painting You for Love’s Fire, a piece commissioned and performed by the Acting Company, based on Shakespeare’s sonnets.  For television, Mr. Finn provided the music and lyrics for the Ace Award-winning HBO cartoon “Ira Sleeps Over,” “Tom Thumb and Thumbelina,” “Pokey Little Puppy’s First Christmas,” and, with Ellen Fitzhugh, two “Brave little Toaster” cartoons.  Mr. Finn has written for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New Yorker.  A graduate of Williams College where he was awarded the Hutchinson Fellowship for Musical Composition, Finn now teaches a weekly master class at the NYU Tisch Graduate Program in Musical Theatre Writing.  His most recent projects include Elegies, A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which ran on Broadway and has been produced nationally and internationally.

JAMES LAPINE is the book writer/director of the Broadway musicals Sunday in the Park with George (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Into the Woods and Passion. His Broadway directorial credits include Sondheim on Sondheim (conceiver and director), The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child, Dirty Blonde with Claudia Shear, and the current revival of Annie. Lapine is a three-time winner of both the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.He is also the recipient of an Obie Award for the Gertrude Stein play, Photograph, which he directed while teaching advertising design at Yale. He wrote and directed the 1993 La Jolla Playhouse world premiere play Luck, Pluck, and Virtue featuring Neil Patrick Harris, and directed the 1985 Playhouse musical Merrily We Roll Along. He has directed three films as well as the Off Broadway plays Table Settings, The Moment When, Fran’s Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.

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ABOUT SECOND STAGE THEATRE

Founded in 1979 under the leadership of Artistic Director Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATRE produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem by Ricky Jay; Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; Living Out by Lisa Loomer; This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan; Some Men by Terrence McNally; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein; Spoils of War by Michael Weller; Before It Hits Home, Jar the Floor and Birdie Blue by Cheryl L. West; Jitney by August Wilson; Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie and Sympathetic Magic by Lanford Wilson; and Metamorphoses and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman. 

The company’s more than 130 citations include the 2010 Pulitzer prize for Next to Normal, the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) for Next to Normal, the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed), 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, ...Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, ...Spelling Bee), 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses), the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 27 Obie Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 16 Lucille Lortel Awards, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards.

In 1999, Second Stage Theatre opened The Tony Kiser Theatre, its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theatre, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.  In 2002, Second Stage launched “Second Stage Theatre Uptown” series to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.  The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs.

SECOND STAGE THEATRE AT THE HELEN HAYES

Second Stage Theatre has acquiredthe right to purchase the historic Helen Hayes Theatre, located at 240 W. 44th Street.  With this new home, Second Stage will be the only theatre company on Broadway dedicated exclusively to the development and presentation of contemporary American theatrical productions.  Second Stage will also become one of only four non-profit theatre companies that own and operate theatres on Broadway.  The company will continue to lease and operate their original theatres on the city’s Upper West Side and in Midtown Manhattan.

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com

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