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Additional Casting Announced for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE at Second Stage Theatre

Additional Casting Announced for

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

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JOSH LAMON, RORY O’MALLEY,
DAVID RASCHE, LOGAN ROWLAND,
JENNIFER SANCHEZ, and WESLEY TAYLOR
JOIN CAST OF NEW MUSICAL COMEDY

FROM TONY AWARD WINNERS

JAMES LAPINE AND WILLIAM FINN

AT SECOND STAGE THEATRE


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Previews Begin Tuesday, October 15

July 30, 2013 – Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced additional cast members for its upcoming new musical comedy, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. 

JOSH LAMON (Hair, Elf), Tony Award-Nominee RORY O’MALLEY (The Book of Mormon, 2ST’s current Nobody Loves You), DAVID RASCHE (2ST’s Warrior Class), LOGAN ROWLAND (The Addams Family), JENNIFER SANCHEZ (West Side Story), and WESLEY TAYLOR (“Smash,” Rock of Ages) will join previously announced cast members STEPHANIE J. BLOCK, WILL CHASE, and nine-year old HANNAH ROSE NORDBERG in the new musical comedy, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE.  With book and direction by Tony Award-Winner JAMES LAPINE and music and lyrics by Tony Award-Winner WILLIAM FINN, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE kicks off Second Stage Theatre’s 35th anniversary season on October 15 and will officially open in mid-November.    

Mr. O’Malley will play Frank Hoover, the recently dumped, heartbroken Proust scholar and uncle to Olive Hoover. Mr. Rasche will play Grandpa Hoover, Olive’s most fervent supporter and biggest fan and Mr. Rowland will play the teenage Dwayne Hoover, who has sworn off speaking for the foreseeable future.  Mr. Lamon and Ms. Sanchez will play Buddy and Miss California, the co-hosts of the Little Miss Sunshinepageant.  Mr. Taylor will play Joshua Rose, the ex-lover of Frank Hoover, who unexpectedly crosses paths with the Hoover family as they journey to the pageant.

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

James Lapine and William Finn’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 SUNSHINE will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Ken Billington, and sound design by Jon Weston.  Choreography will be by Michele Lynch.  The music director will be Vadim Feichtner.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

JOSH LAMON has appeared on Broadway in Hair (original revival and 2011 summer casts) and Elf (dir. Casey Nicholaw).  Off-Broadway credits include Into the Woods (Shakespeare in the Park) and February House (Public Theatre).  On national tour and regionally he has appeared in Wicked, Hair (Helen Hayes Award), A Year with Frog & Toad (Barrymore Award), Bat Boy (Barrymore Nomination), Little Shop of Horrors (opposite Christiane Noll).  Film and TV credits include “30 Rock,” “The Standbys,” “Steve Phoenix,” “The Tony Awards,” and “The View.” 

RORY O’MALLEY is currently appearing in Second Stage’s musical, Nobody Loves You.  He is best known for starring in the original company of The Book of Mormon on Broadway, for which he received both Tony and Drama Desk nominations for playing openly closeted Mormon Elder McKinley and performing the show stopper, "Turn It Off."  His Broadway debut was in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Regionally, he created the role of Richie Cunningham in Garry Marshall’s Happy Days The Musical for Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, and recorded the original cast album.  Rory can be seen singing “Cadillac Car” as lead singer of ‘Dave and the Sweethearts’ in the Paramount Pictures film Dreamgirls.  He can also be seen on the small screen in episodes of “Nurse Jackie,” “Law and Order: SVU,” and“1600 Penn.”

DAVID RASCHE began his career at Chicago’s famed cabaret, “The Second City.”   His Broadway credits include Speed-The-Plow (David Mamet), Lunch Hour with Gilda Radner (dir. Mike Nichols), Loose Ends (Michael Weller), and The Shadow Box.  Off-Broadway credits include Warrior Class, directed by Evan Cabnet (Second Stage Theatre Uptown); Chekhov’s The Seagull at CSC, for which he earned the Richard Seff Award from Actors’ Equity; Regrets Only by Paul Rudnick (Manhattan Theater Club); David Mamet's Edmond (Atlantic Theater Company); Last Dance by Marsha Norman, with JoBeth Williams (Manhattan Theater Club); David Mamet's Faust (Magic Theater, San Francisco); and Mamet's No One Will Be Immune (Ensemble Studio Theater).  His TV credits include recurring roles on two HBO series: “VEEP,” opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and “Bored to Death,” opposite Ted Danson.   He has appeared on episodic TV in shows from “Miami Vice” to “Monk,” and was “Sledge Hammer!” in the series of that name.  His films include In the Loop  (dir. Armando Iannucci), Burn After Reading (dir. Coen Brothers), Men in Black III (dir. Barry Sonnenfeld), Flags of our Fathers (dir. Clint Eastwood), Flight 93 (dir. Paul Greengrass), The Sentinel (with Michael Douglas and Kim Basinger) An Innocent Man (dir. Peter Yates), The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood (with Sandra Bullock), That Old Feeling (with Bette Midler, dir. Carl Reiner), Delirious (with John Candy), and Manhattan (dir. Woody Allen). He recently recorded “Drone Pilots” for BBC Radio, and participated this summer as a guest artist at the Sundance Institute in Utah.

LOGAN ROWLAND made his Broadway debut in 2010 opposite Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in The Addams Family.  His other credits include Treasure Island A New Musical at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Full Monty, The Will Rogers Follies, Oliver, and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  As a student at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy, Logan had many leading roles, from The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, to Horton in Seussical Jr. He has many short films to his credit as well as an appearance on the NBC hit show “30 Rock.”

JENNIFER SANCHEZ has appeared on Broadway in West Side Story, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Ghost, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

WESLEY TAYLOR originated the role of "Franz" in Rock of Ages (Theatre World Award/Outer Critics Circle nom) and the role of "Lucas" in The Addams Family.  His many regional credits include the role of Michael "Mouse" Tolliver in the world premiere of Tales of the City at the American Conservatory Theater.  His TV/film credits include two seasons as "Bobby" in the Spielberg-produced NBC drama, "Smash," as well as several commercials, soaps, live television performances, and the upcoming film, Lucky Stiff. 

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).

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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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