VIDEO: DADDY LONG LEGS' Six Year Journey To Off-Broadway and a World-Wide Broadcast
History was made last week, when modern technology and good old fashioned live theatre combined to make Paul Gordon and John Caird's Daddy Long Legs the first ever Broadway or Off-Broadway production to have a live performance broadcast online to the world for free.
Audiences watched the husband and wife pairing of Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin in an intimate two-person musical based on Jean Webster's novel of an orphaned teenager and the mysterious benefactor who sees her talent for writing and finances her college education.
Those who stayed glued to their screens during intermission enjoyed this fascinating behind the scenes video chronicling the musical's unusual journey to New York.
DADDY LONG LEGS began as a one-woman collection of songs and after a successful audition, McGinnis stuck with the project throughout its six year development into the piece that now graces Off-Broadway's Davenport Theatre.
Before taking on the title role as a replacement during the New York run, Halpin saw it performed "dozens upon dozens of times," as McGinnis' boyfriend, fiancé, and now husband.
"I'm a big believer that if there is more theatre in the world, the world is a better place," says producer Ken Davenport. "The digital distribution of theatrical content is the most powerful audience development tool that we are not using."
DADDY LONG LEGS continues its open-ended run at the Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street), featuring music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (Sense and Sensibility), book by Tony Award and Olivier Award winner John Caird (LES MISERABLES), and direction by John Caird.
Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire -- a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters, and "Downton Abbey" -- this heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor has charmed audiences of all ages from Los Angeles to London. Critics are cheering: Daddy Long Legs has "echoes of She Loves Me and top-notch performances" and "is one of the most enthralling, entertaining and moving love stories on the American musical theater stage."
DADDY LONG LEGS tells the extraordinary tale of Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor (Halpin) decides to send her to college, but she must write him a letter once a month. Unaware of his identity, she invents a nickname for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through her brilliant and witty letters, Jerusha shares her experiences of college while discovering her own identity and reveling in the wonders of literature, adventure and love. But one key fact eludes her - who is Daddy Long Legs?
DADDY LONG LEGS premiered at the Rubicon Theatre Company in 2009, and has had acclaimed productions throughout the United States as well as international productions in Canada, Tokyo and London's West End. The show was originally produced by a consortium that includes the Rubicon Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and TheatreWorks Palo Alto, The Gem Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, and David Elzer. Megan McGinnis originated the role of Jerusha at the Rubicon Theatre Company and has received the 2010 Los Angeles Ovation Award, an Indy Award (West Coast) and the Acclaim Award (Cincinnati) for her role in Daddy Long Legs.
DADDY LONG LEGS features scenic and costume design by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee David Farley (Sunday in the Park With George), lighting design by Paul Toben (Broadway's The Story Of My Life), sound design by Peter Fitzgerald (Penn & Teller on Broadway), and music direction, arrangements and orchestrations byBrad Haak (An American in Paris). Executive producers for Daddy Long Legs are Michael Jackowitz and Ken Davenport. Additional producers include Hunter Arnold, Peg McFeeley Golden, Tres Rosas, Ben Bailey, David Bryant, Caiola Productions, Carl Daikeler, Jeffrey Grove, Marguerite Hoffman and Associate Producer, Kayla Greenspan.