Daddy Long Legs
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Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs NYC Reviews and Tickets

(366 Ratings)
Members say
Delightful, Romantic, Enchanting, Great acting, Clever

About the Show

Based on the 1912 novel of the same name by Jean Webster, 'Daddy Long Legs' is about Jerusha Abbott, the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home and the mysterious benefactor who sends her to college to be a writer.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (366)

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55 Reviews | 16 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy small theatres with a wonderful storyline and great singing!

Don't see it if you don't believe in love.

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great writing, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You enjoy romantic, lyrically beautiful musical comedy with a feminist theme and happy ending

Don't see it if You think a woman's place is only in the kitchen or the bedroom, are tone deaf or do not enjoy musicals

52 Reviews | 12 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Romantic, Initimate

See it if you want to see an intimate little gem with wonderful, charming music and lovely singing & acting, and a beautiful and sweet story

Don't see it if you want something splashy and big

73 Reviews | 34 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Romantic

See it if An achingly beautiful love story - terrifically acted and written with a lovely score and a story that will leave you w/ tears in your eyes

Don't see it if No reason NOT to see it. GO to this one.

61 Reviews | 19 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Masterful

See it if You want to be apart of one magical musical of love and hope and pain and joy and then....... Happiness Then go Run to the Davenport

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not too

230 Reviews | 46 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic

See it if you are a romantic and like Jane Austin

Don't see it if you like your shows to develop very quickly

63 Reviews | 27 Followers
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if you like a well-told, well-sung and well-written musical romance with some comedy thrown in. It's simple, but lovely.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to simple stories.

67 Reviews | 20 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Exquisite, Clever

See it if you like beautiful love stories that involve only two characters and lots of letter writing. Songs are beautiful and the actors are too.

Don't see it if you prefer a big splashy show as this is a small lovely little gem of a show with actors who sing beautifully and act the same way.

Critic Reviews (47)

The New York Times
September 29th, 2015

"A sweet, beautifully sung and only occasionally unsettling musical adaptation...Mr. Gordon’s music and lyrics have a charm and ease, though the songs can blur into one another in ways that are sometimes purposeful and sometimes not. Mr. Caird’s book is appealing and his direction more or less nimble. Seen through modern eyes, the story does have its creepy undertones, though Mr. Caird’s direction avoids the merest hint of sexual suggestion, which does a lot to de-sleaze the relationship"
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Time Out New York
September 28th, 2015

"It's engaging enough in the first act, but by the second half, the will-they-or-won't-they tension gets buried under too many reprises and a syrupy pace and tone. Save for diehard romantics, this may be one musical audiences will want to write off."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 9th, 2015

"A pleasant, sweet evening, this 'Daddy Long Legs,' but painted on a very limited palette. And after this, can we just categorically state, epistolary musicals aren’t a very good idea?"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 28th, 2015

"For several reasons, all amply demonstrated in the two-actor version of 'Daddy Long Legs' that opened Off Broadway tonight, the epistolary form is absolutely deadly for a musical — especially one with 27 numbers that is all but sung-through. In this configuration, a libretto cannot keep a secret; we know the identity of the benefactor from the start. (Hint: He is the guy onstage.) And where there is no surprise, there can only be interminable waiting."
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September 28th, 2015

"The physical distance our lovers are required to maintain is one of the show's biggest hurdles, for which Caird finds creative solutions...The greatest impediment to their epistolary chemistry is the plot's crawling pace. Each letter nudges their relationship along, but rather than building layers of tension, the musical proves too slight to hold up under the burden of its two hefty acts."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 29th, 2015

"The authors may sometimes have overindulged a bit; the leisurely first act is a little too meticulous about making, and remaking, its points...Still, everyone involved eloquently explores the contours of this strange relationship, in which intimacy and distance share an embrace, and they provide it with a most satisfying resolution. 'Daddy Long Legs,' for all its occasional air of old lace, proves to be a lovely little thing, and with a surprising amount of gumption, to boot."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 28th, 2015

"There's little here that seems to crave this form of storytelling. Caird's staging of it all isn't bad, but it's necessarily restricted; he keeps us from being bored, but just barely, and doesn't take us much further than that. Over nearly two and a half hours of play time, that's not enough...This 'Daddy Long Legs' has some real virtues, but it may as well be marked 'return to sender.'"
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October 3rd, 2015

"'Daddy Long Legs' is beautifully cast...The singers' voices blend smoothly, and the vocal arrangements yield some felicitous surprises...It runs a trifle long in the final scenes, but only a trifle. There's so much that's engaging about the show."
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