Daddy Long Legs
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Daddy Long Legs
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Daddy Long Legs NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(366 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
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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Member Reviews (366)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
75
Enchanting, Great acting, Romantic, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you like sweet romantic stories, beautiful music and sweetly old-fashioned.

Don't see it if small production, two actor plays. Old fashioned themes.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
73
Great music, Romantic, Cute, Sweet

See it if You enjoy small intimate musicals, romantic stories, or period pieces. The music is beautiful and the performances are great.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big spectacle or dance numbers.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
80
Absorbing, Enchanting, Uneven, Engaging, Dated

See it if you enjoy intimate theater. The story is goofy (even creepy) but you can't help but root for the inevitable outcome. Strong performances.

Don't see it if you resist being charmed. Also, some of the songs are weak (including the opening number). A pleasant, but not thrilling, couple of hours.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic, Great acting

See it if You like a good smart romantic story. Beautifully acted and staged.

Don't see it if You have to be dragged to a "chick flick" by your girl friend and hate every minute of it.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
94
Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you enjoy romance and lovely singing. Beautifully true the to feeling of the book. Two characters create a believable world on a tiny stage.

Don't see it if you like your shows loud and gritty.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
60
Earnest, Delightful, Romantic, Slow

See it if you like sweet, simple romances and period dramas.

Don't see it if you prefer your staging less modest, your material more ambitious, and your romances more epic.

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
77
Absorbing, Cliched, Romantic, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You don't mind seeing smaller, intimate, two-person musicals.

Don't see it if You're looking for more significant, more lavish fare.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
75
Great singing, Sweet, Small, Great music, Engaging

See it if you like sweet small musicals and want to hear the GORGEOUS voice of Megan McGinnis.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated that the story is mostly told through narration as opposed to action.

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 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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Theatermania
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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Theater Pizzazz
October 2nd, 2015

"A feel-good two character musical that does a really fine job of transporting its audience to a gentler time and place. It’s a fairytale of kindness and spirit that ends as a sweet love story...'Daddy Long Legs' is a satisfying change of pace reminding us of times when theater didn’t have to tax the brain or push the envelope."
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CurtainUp
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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