Sheffield enjoys a few rays of Little Miss Sunshine at Lyceum
You know that feeling of trepidation when someone takes a TV show or film you really love and adapts it for the stage?
I never shook it off when I watched the musical Little Miss Sunshine at the Sheffield Lyceum.
If we’re speaking in weather metaphors, the sunshine only breaks through the clouds a few times to bathe the stage in light.
The songs sound like Broadway by the numbers and don’t really add anything useful to the story-telling.
An odd device of a trio of imaginary mean girls poking fun at Olive is similarly superfluous, although performed well.
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The family's breakdown-prone yellow VW camper van is cleverly reproduced on stage, using chairs and a chassis.
Brookside’s Mark Moraghan as the old hippie grandad, extolling the virtues of drugs and sex, is a joy to watch but (plot spoiler ahead!) his character is killed off halfway through.
The girl playing Olive – I think it was Evie Gibson on the night I saw it (three rotate in the role) – had space to show off considerable acting and singing skills.
But mostly it’s left to supporting actors like Imelda Warren-Green and Ian Carlyle to upstage the main cast with comic cameos.
Little Miss Sunshine is at the Lyceum, Sheffield until July 13.