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  Daddy Long Legs at Laguna Playhouse

Daddy Long Legs

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach

World Premiere musical by Tony and Olivier Award-Winner John Caird (Nicholas Nickleby, Les Miserables) and Tony nominee Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre). Set in the early 1900s, this moving story is the vivid account of a young orphan girl as she blossoms into a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious woman. A trustee of the John Grier Orphanage offers a proper education to the 18-year-old Jerusha. The benefactor’s only requirements are that Jerusha never know his identity, and that she write him monthly (though he will not respond). She sees him once in shadows and invents a nickname for her mysterious patron—Daddy Long Legs. Her letters to him paint a moving portrait of her lonely life in the orphanage, and the development of her mind and spirit.

Thru - Dec 26, 2010

Price: $30-$70

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 949-497-2787

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  Daddy Long Legs Reviews
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LA Weekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...The bulk of the production, however, consists of musicalized versions of the letters with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon. While the mise-en-scène is admirable -- from David Farley's costumes and sets to Paul Toben's lighting to sincere acting and skillful singing -- the event is simply unsatisfying as a piece of theater. It is mostly sung through with pretty accompaniment from musical director Julie McBride and her small orchestra, but the material itself is remarkably tedious. Though the program organizes the show into some 24 musical numbers, it feels more like one continuous recitative with very few break-out moments of melody. Dramatically it is equally placid, with just a few moments of tension relieving us from a dreary two-and-a-half-hour trajectory toward an expected outcome."
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Tom Provenzano

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...I fell in love with Daddy Long Legs last year and remain enchanted a year later by this exquisite gem of a musical—still one of the most enthralling, entertaining, and moving love stories I’ve seen on the American musical theater stage."
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Steven Stanley

OC Register - Highly Recommended

"...Caird and Gordon's familiarity with the material pays off. "Daddy Long Legs," which was co-produced by the playhouse with several partners and is nearing the end of a long debut tour, is a polished and accomplished work – a bit of romantic fluff, perhaps, and arguably a chick show, but one that succeeds impressively in its goals."
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Paul Hodgins

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