- Published on Wednesday, 20 January 2010 04:08
- Written by Town Crier Report
TheatreWorks presents the new musical romance “Daddy Long Legs” today through Feb. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Based on the popular novel by Jean Webster, “Legs” is set in New England in the early 1900s. It is the story of Jerusha Abbott, a talented orphan sent to a prestigious college by an anonymous benefactor. The stipulation is she must write him monthly letters, and having only seen a glimpse of his elongated shadow on a wall, she whimsically dubs him “Daddy Long Legs.”
Director John Caird – Tony Award-winning co-director and adapter of “Les Misérables” – joins forces with Paul Gordon, composer of the TheatreWorks’ hit “Emma,” Broadway ingénue Megan McGinnis and veteran regional actor Robert Adelman Hancock on “Legs.” Tony Award-winning designer David Farley (2008 Broadway revival of “Sunday in the Park with George”) designed the sets and costumes.
Caird (director, book) is best known for his Tony and Olivier Award-winning creations “Les Misérables” and “Nicholas Nickleby.” Several of his productions have been for the National Theatre in London, including “Hamlet.”
Gordon (music and lyrics) was nominated for a Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical “Jane Eyre.” Gordon’s other credits include writing music and lyrics for the contemporary pop opera “Greetings From Venice Beach” and “The Magnificent Ambersons.”
McGinnis originated the role of Beth in the musical of “Little Women.” Her other Broadway roles include Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Lucille in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Hancock’s roles include Sky in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!” and regional productions of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Fantasticks” and “Hair.”
Previews are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Friday, as is Saturday’s opening-night performance. Future shows are set for 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays.
Tickets are $29-$67. Discounts are available for students, seniors, educators and members.
For tickets, call 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.