QUIRKY off-Broadway hit Little Miss Sunshine is coming to Bradford Alhambra this month.

The inventive and uplifting musical, based on a critically-acclaimed movie, can be seen from June 19-22.

The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest.

When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van.

Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they?

This inventive and uplifting musical celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.

Irish actress and singer Lucy O’Byrne, who shot to fame on BBC talent show The Voice, will star as Sheryl, the matriarch of the eccentric Hoover family.

Her theatre credits include Eva Peron in Evita, Fantine in Les Misérables, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof.

Lucy has appeared on Friday Night is Music Night from the London Palladium for BBC Radio 2, as well as performing at the BBC Proms in the Park.

Mark Moraghan will be Grandpa, the role that won Alan Arkin an Academy award.

Mark recently appeared as Tim Richards in Emmerdale and is perhaps best known for his roles as Adrian Mortimer in Coronation Street, Owen Davis in Holby City, and in TV series Dream Team, Brookside and London’s Burning.

His theatre credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, By The Waters Of Liverpool and Peter Pan.

Mark is also the narrator of the popular children’s TV show Thomas the Tank Engine, following fellow Liverpudlians Ringo Starr and Michael Angelis into the role.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine was created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine, who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George, and William Finn who wrote the musical is 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Falsettos.

The show includes occasional strong language and adult themes.

Call 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk to book tickets for Little Miss Sunshine.

Coming up at the Alhambra on June 10-15 is American Idiot, the Green Day musical that tells the story of three boyhood friends searching for meaning in a post-9/11 world.