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Little Miss Sunshine

The road to happiness may be a bumpy ride, but you're bound to enjoy the journey with a show like this one. We've found the perfect event of next week, and you'll want to bring the whole fam.

Little Miss Sunshine the Musical is coming to the Olympia Theatre for a five-night run next week, with tickets still available for the stellar production.

Based on the 2006 Oscar-winning film, the show is a new musical comedy from Tony Award winners James Lapine and William Finn and follows 12-year-old aspiring beauty queen Olive Hoover.

The duo are renowned for works such as Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with GeorgeFalsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.


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Herself and her dysfunctional family including her mum, Sheryl, her dad Richard, her brother Dwayne, Grandpa Edwin and Uncle Frank, embark on a journey to put their issues aside for Olive's sake.

The clan must travel hundreds of miles to California in their old VW camper van so Olive can compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. It's an emotional rollercoaster of a film, and the musical is set to be just as heart-warming.

Bernard O'Shea is set to make his theatrical acting debut, stepping into the role of Grandpa Hoover and starring alongside Irish actress and singer Lucy O'Byrne (Evita, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music), who plays Sheryl.


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The cast includes two-time Olivier-award nominee Paul Keating (Little Shop of Horrors, The Full Monty), Gabriel Vick (Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Eastenders), and Ian Carlyle (The Lion King, We Will Rock You).

From Tuesday August 13 until Saturday, August 17, Little Miss Sunshine the Musical will light up the Olympia. Matinee performances are also taking place on Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17 of August.

Tickets for the show are onsale now via Ticketmaster.ie, don't miss your chance to witness the most hilarious pageant of all time through song.

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One of our favourite movies is coming to the stage.

A musical of Academy Award-winning film Little Miss Sunshine is coming to Dublin's Olympia Theatre this August. 

It's the perf day out for everyone in the fam. 


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Based on the comedy starring Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell and Toni Collette, this musical adaptation is set to be the thing to see this summer – there will be tears, laughter and feel-good fun all around. 

The story follows the Hoover family as the youngest member, Olive, chases her dream of winning the crown at the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. 

So they dysfunctional family pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van and set out on an adventure that takes them from New Mexico to California. 


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Dublin native and Voice UK finalist Lucy O’Byrne will step into the role of Olive's mom Sheryl.

The show will run from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 August 2019, with matinée performances on Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17.

Get your tickets from €21 via Ticketmaster and the Olympia Theatre Box Office. 

See you there.



Little Miss Sunshine, released in 2006, tells the story of a family determined to get their daughter to the final of a beauty pageant in another state, no matter what it takes.

This edgy comedy-drama was a massive hit with audiences worldwide because it focused purely on the story of a troubled family dealing with typical and not-so-typical struggles, but managed to be touching, relatable and downright hilarious throughout.

Here are five little known facts about this top notch flick!

1. Steve Carell wasn’t the moviemaker’s first, or even second, choice to play down-on-his-luck Uncle Frank.

Both Bill Murray and Robin Williams were contenders before Steve, a relative unknown in Hollywood at the time, nabbed and totally nailed the role!

2. The age difference between Toni Collette and Paul Dano was quite small despite them playing mother and son.

Toni was only 34 years-old at the time of the shoot while Paul was just twelve years her junior!

3. The little girls we saw in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant weren’t actors.

They were real-life contestants from actual beauty pageants and they rocked the same hair and make-up they usually do at events!

4. Music was actually playing in Abigail Breslin’s earphones every time her character Olive used them.

This was to ensure that the young Abigail didn’t hear her on-screen grandad’s constant swearing!

5. Greg Kinnear’s wife made fun of his dancing at their actual wedding so the actor was never comfortable with dancing scenes in movies.

He even requested the famous dance scene at the end of the movie to be deleted from the final cut!


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