Second Stage Theatre’s Production of
James Lapine and William Finn’s
Extends One Week Through Sunday, December 15

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Musical Kicks off Second Stage Theatre’s 35th Anniversary Season
Opening Night is Thursday, November 14

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November 5, 2013 – Currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary Season, Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) will extend its production of James Lapine and William Finn’s new musical comedy, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, by one week, now playing through Sunday, December 15. The musical has broken box office records for Second Stage Theatre, earning the highest pre-opening advance in the company’s 35-year history.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, featuring book/direction by James Lapine and music/lyrics by William Finn, will officially open on Thursday, November 14 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street). Tickets start at $65. To purchase or for more information, please visit or call the box office at 212-246-4422.

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 SUNSHINE is 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 Lapine is the book writer/director of the musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Passion, among others.

The company features Tony Award nominee STEPHANIE J. BLOCK (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wicked), ALIVIA CLARK, VICTORIA DENNIS, JOSH LAMON (Hair, Elf), MIRANDA McKEON, nine-year old HANNAH NORDBERG, Tony Award nominee RORY O’MALLEY (The Book of Mormon, 2ST’s Nobody Loves You), DAVID RASCHE (2ST’s Warrior Class), LOGAN ROWLAND (The Addams Family), JENNIFER SANCHEZ (West Side Story), LEONAY SHEPHERD, Tony Award nominee WILL SWENSON (Hair; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), and WESLEY TAYLOR (“Smash,” Rock of Ages).

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE features scenic and projection design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Ken Billington, and sound design by Jon Weston. Choreography is by Michele Lynch. The music director is Vadim Feichtner, orchestrations are by Michael Starobin, vocal and dance arrangements are by Will Aronson.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE will be performed through Sunday, December 15 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street (just west of Eighth Avenue) on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. There will be an added 8pm performance on Monday, November 11; no performance on Friday, November 15; and a 2pm and 7pm performance on Sunday, November 17. Additionally, all weeknight performances the week beginning November 18 will begin at 7pm.

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3 and 4-play subscriptions are available and begin at $180. Packages include Little Miss Sunshine, The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason and directed by David Schwimmer. One show is yet to be announced. Subscription packages may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or online at

Single tickets start at $65 and can be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or online at

$30 UNDER 30 YOUTH ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE – patrons age 30 and under may purchase a limited number of specially-priced tickets starting at $30 in advance to select performances. Proof of age must be shown at the box office.

A limited amount of student rush tickets are $23.00 with valid student I.D.

Group tickets are available at a discount by phoning 212-246-4422.

Box-office hours are Monday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

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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 has acquired the 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.

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