DADDY LONG LEGS Makes Its Tampa Bay Premiere At FreeFall Theatre

DADDY LONG LEGS Makes Its Tampa Bay Premiere At FreeFall TheatrefreeFall favorites Nick Lerew (freeFall's The Light in The Piazza) and Britta Ollman (freeFall's Red Velvet) return to St. Petersburg to co-star in a delightful musical romance. If you loved freeFall's The Light in The Piazza, you will fall in love all over again with freeFall's Spring Musical, Daddy Long Legs.

Jerusha Abbott is the "Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home" until 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 that he will never respond to her letters, she grows more and more fond of this elusive and kindly "old" gentleman.

But another relationship soon begins to develop in Jerusha's life. Jervis Pendleton is the well-to-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 Jerusha has yet to recover, one that will change her life forever.

Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and "Downton Abbey." Daddy Long Legs features music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist, Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre), and Tony-winning librettist/director, John Caird (Les Misérables), and is a "rags-to-riches" tale of newfound love. This all-new musical adaptation is directed by Douglas S. Hall and musically directed by Michael Raabe.

Performance Information
The production runs March 16 through April 8, with performances Wednesday through Sunday. Check our schedule for new added performances on Wednesday at 2pm and Sunday at 7pm.


After opening weekend, there will be a talkback after every Friday night performance. Resident Dramaturg Timothy Saunders will give two freeFall foreword talks on April 1 and April 8 at 1pm. Both events are free and open to the public. freeFall foreword sessions take place in our auditorium space.


Douglas S. Hall - Director

Michael Raabe - Musical Director

Eric Davis - Set & Costume Designer

Cody Basham - Lighting Designer

Steve Kraack - Sound Designer

Timothy Saunders - Dramaturg


Discounts for groups are available. Contact the Box Office for more details. | (727) 498-5205 |

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