The European premiere of Little Miss Sunshine at Arcola Theatre will star Laura Pitt-Pulford as Sheryl, the matriarch of the eccentric Hoover family, Gary Wilmot as Grandpa (the role that won Alan Arkin an Academy Award), Gabriel Vick as Sheryl’s husband Richard, Paul Keating as Sheryl’s brother Frank and Sev Keoshgerian as Sheryl’s son Dwayne. The Off-Broadway hit musical opens at the Arcola Theatre, London on 21 March 2019 running until 11 May (press night is 1 April) before embarking on a UK tour.
The role of Olive will be shared by Sophie Hartley Booth, Evie Gibson and Lily Mae Denman. Ian Carlyle is Larry/Buddy, Imelda Warren-Green is Linda/Miss California and Matthew McDonald is Joshua Rose/Kirby.
Completing the cast are the ‘Mean Girls’ who will be performed by Chloe Raphael, Ava Hurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon, Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Richards and Yvie Bent.
Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine and William Finn.
This new production is directed by Arcola’s artistic director Mehmet Ergen with design by David Woodhead, musical direction by Arlene McNaught, lighting design by Richard Williamson, sound design by Olly Steel, and choreography by Anthony Whiteman.
Further casting for the tour will be announced shortly.
Laura Pitt-Pulford she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Millie in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at London’s Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. Other credits include: AmDram The Musical (The Other Palace/Queen Mary 2); Sweet Charity (Pimlico Opera/HMP Bronzefield); Flowers For Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Gronholm Method (Menier Chocolate Factory); Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory); Nell Gwynn (ETT & Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. UK Tour); Platinum (Hampstead Theatre); Side Show (Southwark Playhouse); Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible); Oliver! (Leicester Curve); The Smallest Show on Earth (UK Tour); Milly Bradon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Sound of Music (Leicester Curve); The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre); Marry Me A Little (St. James Theatre); The Light Princess (National Theatre); A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse); Shakers (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Mack & Mabel (Southwark Playhouse); The Little Prince (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Parade (Southwark Playhouse); Guys & Dolls (Theatre Clwyd, Wolsey Theatre Ipswich & Salisbury); Copacabana (The Watermill Theatre); Little Fish (Finborough Theatre); Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre, West End & The Watermill Theatre); The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Gary Wilmot’s credits include Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre), Dick Whittington (London Palladium), The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Big (Plymouth/Ireland), End of the Rainbow (UK Tour), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK Tour), Oklahoma (UK Tour), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Savoy Theatre), The Pyjama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), Radio Times (The Watermill and National Tour), The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime, Chicago, Half A Sixpence, H.M.S. Pinafore (Regent’s Park), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (The Palladium), Travels With My Aunt, The Pirates Of Penzance (Regent’s Park and National Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park), Confusions (National Tour), One For The Road (Bristol Old Vic), Oliver! (National Tour), The Goodbye Girl (Albery Theatre), Copacabana (The Prince Of Wales Theatre), Carmen Jones (The Old Vic), Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre and National Tour).
Gabriel Vick’s theatre credits include: Manhattan Parisienne (The Other Palace); Promises Promises (Southwark Playhouse), Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre); Flowers of The Forest (Jermyn Street Theatre); Once (Phoenix Theatre); Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre); The Tempest (Theatre Royal, Bath); Hamlet – The Musical (Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton & Richmond Theatre); Double Falsehood (Union Theatre); Murder in the Cathedral (Christchurch Cathedral/ Oxford Playhouse); The Great British Country Fete (The Bush Theatre); La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre); A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory/Garrick Theatre); Dickens Unplugged (Edinburgh Festival/Comedy Theatre); Cabaret (Lyric Theatre); Original London cast of Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre); and Scrooge (London Palladium).
Paul Keating’s theatre credits include: Kenny Morgan (Arcola Theatre), The Goodbye Girl (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), Tick Tick Boom (Duchess Theatre), Blowing Whistles (Leicester Square Theatre), Stephen Fry’s Cinderella (The Old Vic), Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre/Menier Chocolate Factory), Giffin & Barnes Gladiator Games (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Don Carlos (Gielgud Theatre), A Little Night Music Chicago (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in conjunction with The Donmar Warehouse), The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre), Closer to Heaven (Arts Theatre), La Cava (Piccadilly Theatre), Assassins (New West End Theatre), Escape From Pterodactyl Island (Pleasance Theatre), Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre), Lost in Yonkers (Novello Theatre), Les Misérables (Pleasance Theatre).
Sev Keoshgerian’s theatre credits include: The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) at the Above the Stag Theatre, Vauxhall.