New John Caird Musical DADDY LONG LEGS to Open Off-Broadway This Fall

New John Caird Musical DADDY LONG LEGS to Open Off-Broadway This Fall

Producers Ken Davenport and Michael Jackowitz have announced that the new musical DADDY LONG LEGS will open this fall at the Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). Based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, DADDY LONG LEGS features music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (Sense and Sensibility), book by Tony Award and Olivier Award winner John Caird (LES MISERABLES), direction by John Caird, and will star Megan McGinnis (Broadway's LES MISERABLES, Side Show, Little Women). DADDY LONG LEGS begins previews on September 10, 2015, and will officially open September 27, 2015. DADDY LONG LEGS plays a strictly limited engagement through January 10, 2016. Tickets are on sale now at Telecharge.com.

DADDY LONG LEGS tells the unusual tale of Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home until one day an anonymous benefactor decides to send her to college, so long as she writes him a letter once a month. Unaware of her benefactor's identity, she invents a nickname for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through her letters, Jerusha shares her experience of discovering her own identity and learning of literature, adventure and love. But one key fact eludes her - who is Daddy Long Legs?

"This story has all the makings of a great musical," said director and book-writer John Caird. "Jean Webster's novel was ahead of its time in telling a story of self-discovery for contemporary women. We hope to keep that spirit and raise the bar even further to bring this story to the stage."

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) and lighting design by Paul Toben (Broadway's The Story Of My Life). DADDY LONG LEGS is produced by Michael Jackowitz and Ken Davenport. Additional producers include Hunter Arnold, Ben Bailey, Caiola Productions and Associate Producer, Kayla Greenspan.

Tickets for DADDY LONG LEGS are on sale now at www.telecharge.com or by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6222.

Additional cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.

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