Little Miss Sunshine'Legally Blonde' and 'The Addams Family' have already been told in song. So why not 'Little Miss Sunshine,' as well? The La Jolla Playhouse is set to premiere a musical version of the critically acclaimed 2006 film next February.

The quirky indie, a darling of the film festival circuit, was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and told the story of the Hoovers, a dysfunctional family who took a road trip in a dysfunctional lemon yellow Volkswagen van so that bespectacled Olive could compete for the title of Little Miss Sunshine in a regional beauty pageant. The 2006 movie starred Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin, in an Oscar-winning role as the porn reading, drug-addled Grandpa. Michael Arndt also picked up an Academy Award for best original screenplay. Little Miss Sunshine'Legally Blonde' and 'The Addams Family' have already been told in song. So why not 'Little Miss Sunshine,' as well? The La Jolla Playhouse is set to premiere a musical version of the critically acclaimed 2006 film next February.

The quirky indie, a darling of the film festival circuit, was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and told the story of the Hoovers, a dysfunctional family who took a road trip in a dysfunctional lemon yellow Volkswagen van so that bespectacled Olive could compete for the title of Little Miss Sunshine in a regional beauty pageant. The 2006 movie starred Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin, in an Oscar-winning role as the porn reading, drug-addled Grandpa. Michael Arndt also picked up an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

This new musical version boasts music and lyrics by William Finn and is written and directed by James Lapine. The team previously collaborated on the Tony award-winning 'Falsettos' and 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.'

Aside from the obvious 'Super Freak' show-stopper at the movie's end, this Hoover clan's quirky and dysfunctional road trip saga seems ripe to be put into song. No doubt scholar Uncle Frank (Carell's character) could have his own Proustian number, and beleaguered wife Sheryl (Collette) could sing about her plight to bring home a bucket of chicken. Though how would 15-year-old existentialist Dwayne (played in the movie by Paul Dano) fare with his imposed silence?

What do you think? Would you watch a 'Little Miss Sunshine' musical?

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