Following on from the success of Sandy Toksvig’s Bully Boy, London’s newest theatre, St. James in Victoria, continues its first season with John Caird’s production of the musical, ‘Daddy Long Legs‘.
The musical runs from 31 October to 8 December and stars Megan McGinnis as orphaned New Englander Jerusha Abbott and Robert Adelman Hancock as her benefactor Jervis Pendleton in this turn-of-the-century tale about a young woman’s growth into adulthood. Both actors are reprising the roles that they played in the original award-winning 2009 US production. Adelman Hancock’s credits include touring productions of Mamma Mia! and Fiddler On The Roof, and McGinnis’s previous credits include Broadway productions of Little Women, Beauty and the Beast and Les Mis.
Music and lyrics come from Paul Gordon (whose extensive portfolio includes several musicals, popular hits and movie soundtracks) with orchestration by Brad Haak. Set design is by David Farley with lighting design by Paul Toben and sound design by Andrew Bruce.
This production is a collaboration between St. James Productions, the Rubicon Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Gem Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, TheatreWorks, David Elzer and Executive Producer Michael Jackowitz.
Daddy Long Legs was inspired by Jean Webster’s novel of 1912, and in the past has also seen four film adaptations as well as a British musical – movie adaptations include a 1935 version starring Shirley Temple as Abbott and a 20th Century Fox production from 1955 featuring Fred Astaire as millionaire Pendleton.
Tickets are now available for what promises to be a really exciting and dynamic show – you can pick them up on the St. James website here. They also have an in-house restaurant so you can have dinner just a few steps away from your seat in the auditorium…