Daddy Long Legs

Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon

Book by Jon Caird


June 23 – July 9, 2023

Wednesday, May 21: Pay-What-You-Will Preview
Thursday, May 22: Final Preview
Friday, May 23: Opening Night

Wednesday – Saturday evenings at 7:30pm
Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

A bewitching, life-affirming musical!

In turn of the century New England, Jerusha Abbott is the self-proclaimed “Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home.” When an anonymous benefactor comes forward offering to fund her college education, Jerusha only glimpses his shadow and aptly dubs him “Daddy Long Legs.”

This humorous and heartwarming musical retains all of the wit and all of the romance of Jean Webster’s best-selling novel about women’s rights, empowerment and finding one’s voice.


About The Playwright

Paul Gordon

Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the musical Jane Eyre. He won the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work for his book, music and lyrics for Sense and Sensibility, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.  He is the recipient of the 2009 Ovation Award for his music and lyrics to Daddy Long Legs which has had productions all over the world, including Off-Broadway, where it was nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award and 3 Outer Critic Circle awards. Knight’s Tale, written with John Caird, opened at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo in 2018 and was remounted in 2021.  

He is one of the 3 founders of StreamingMusicals.com and his critically acclaimed Austen adaptations, Emma and Pride and Prejudice can be streamed on StreamingMusicals and Amazon Prime.  Estella Scrooge, Being Earnest and No One Called Ahead can also be streamed on StreamingMusicals.com.  His other shows include: Analog and VinylStellar Atmospheres, The FrontJuliet and Romeo, Ribbit, Sleepy Hollow, The Circle and The Sportswriter. Look to license Paul’s work at Music Theatre International and Uproar Theatrics

In his former life, Paul was a pop songwriter and wrote several number one hits.

Meet the cast


artist team


Production Stage Manager: Kelsey York

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