Paul Gordon

Building Musicals For a Better World

DADDY LONG LEGS

BOOK BY JOHN CAIRD

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY PAUL GORDON

DIRECTED BY JOHN CAIRD

MUSIC DIRECTION AND ORCHESTRATIONS BY BRAD HAAK

PRODUCED BY KEN DAVENPORT AND MICHAEL JACKOWITZ

THE STORY

Jerusha Abbott is the “Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home” until, one day, a mysterious benefactor decides to send her to college to be educated as a writer. Required to write him a letter once a month, she is never to know the benefactor’s identity—so she invents one for him: Daddy Long Legs. Although she knows he will never respond to her letters, she grows more and more fond of this elusive and kindly “old” gentleman and begins to think of him as the grandfather she never had. But soon another relationship begins to develop in Jerusha’s life. Jervis Pendleton is the well-do-do “youngish” uncle of one of Jerusha’s roommates who introduces her to a world of literature, travel and adventure.Through her correspondence with Daddy Long Legs and her growing intimacy with Jervis, Jerusha’s letters chronicle her emergence as a delightfully independent “New American Woman.”Yet there is one startling fact that Jerusha has yet to uncover—a fact that will change her life forever.

PRODUCTIONS

Daddy Long Legs has had productions all over the world including London, Tokyo and Canada with a production planned in South Korea for 2016. The musical was developed by the Rubicon Theatre Company in 2008 and went on to play TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and St. Louis Rep among other numerous regional productions. It has won many awards including the LA Alliance Ovation Award, Cincinnati Acclaim Award, Indie Award, Elliot Norton Award, and Stage Scene LA Award. Daddy Long Legs premiers in New York at the Davenport Theatre on September 28th, 2015

THE MUSIC

 

REVIEWS

A WHOLESOME TUNER IN TUNE WITH TIMES, bolstered by WINSOME MELODIES... McGinnis proves MAGICAL in this star-making role... CHARMING MATERIAL... SPIRITED SCORE... Jerusha’s insights of a century ago remain KEEN AND WINNING.  AN IMPRESSIVE LIBRARY UNIT SET and lived-in costumes by David Farley. -- Variety


"Totally captivating.... the show brims with positive qualities, of which the best is its preservation of Webster's instinctive feminism....Megan McGinnis allows the songs to apparently grow out of some inner impulse, and beautifully conveys Jerusha's shrewd good-heartedness.  A chamber-musical proves far more fun than many a big, blowsy spectacle.  - The Guardian

 

AN EXQUISITE GEM OF A MUSICAL. It’s hard to think of another musical so ABSOLUTELY RIGHT FOR AGES EIGHT TO EIGHTY.  In the INSPIRED hands of composer-lyricist Paul Gordon and writer-director John Caird, the Rubicon Theatre’s production of Daddy Long Legs  proves to be one of the most ENTHRALLING, ENTERTAINING and MOVING LOVE STORIES I’ve seen on the American musical theater stage.  The Tony-nominated composer of Broadway’s Jane Eyre creates melodies that are TUNEFUL without being saccharine and COMPLEX without being inaccessible.  His lyrics are CHARMING, CLEVER and TOUCHING...  ONE OF THE BEST NEW SCORES OF THE YEAR.  It’s also one that audiences are likely to leave the theatre humming.  Rubicon hits a double gull’s-eye, a World Premier musical sure to have a long life ahead of it.  I have fallen in love with Daddy Long Legs.  Trust me.  You Will too.  – LA Stage Scene

 

“Whereas Wicked may have been the most successful musical of the first decade of the 21st century, in this century’s second decade, Daddy Long Legs will become much more deeply adored and cherished by women of all ages” – The Huffington Post

 

...made for Caird and Gordon to bring to the stage, and they do it IMPECCABLY.  Paul Gordon’s lyrics here are EVERYTHING LYRICS OUGHT TO BE: - poetic, expositional, and revelatory of character.  The music itself – often feeling WARM, OPTIMISTIC and COMFORTING.  Megan McGinnis has A LOVELY CLEAR VOICE, which she partners with a crooked smile that LIGHTS UP THE ROOM, creating a SPIRITED young woman.  Caird’s direction deftly handles a two-person musical in which the characters seldom interact... With it’s SPARKLING female protagonist, it’s mysterious wealthy gentleman, and it’s LOVE STORY, based on intellectual attraction, and its emotional betrayal, Daddy Long Legs is a great big “chick musical” softball just hanging there over the plate – and Gordon and Caird hit it right out of the park” – Talkin’ Broadway

 

“Daddy Long Legs is LETTER PERFECT!  Rubicon’s World Premiere Musical GLOWS with LIFE-AFFIRMING SPIRIT.  The new musical is a WINNER.  The STARS ARE ALIGNED for its success.  Everything about Daddy Long Legs exudes EXPERIENCE and CLASS".   – Ventura County Star