Since its world premiere in 2009, Paul Gordon’s Daddy Long Legs has reached audiences around the world. After charming theatregoers on three continents, the musical is returning home to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, just in time for the holidays! Let’s take a look back at the many faces of Jerusha and Jervis from around the world:
In October of 2009, Daddy Long Legs premiered at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, CA, for the first stage of its three city rolling world premiere with Megan McGinnis as Jerusha Abbott and Robert Adelman Hancock as Jervis Pendleton. The musical then opened in Mountain View, CA (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley) in January of 2010 and March of 2010 in Cincinnati, OH (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). From September 2010 to March 2012, McGinnis and Hancock would play the lead roles in Chicago (Northlight Theatre), La Mirada, CA (La Mirada Theatre), Cleveland (Cleveland Playhouse), Phoenix (Arizona Theatre Company), Lowell, MA (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), and Milwaukee (Skylight Music Theatre).
In October of 2011, Daddy Long Legs premiered at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, starring Christy Altomare as Jerusha and Kevin Earley as Jervis.
The first international production of the musical premiered in Tokyo at Theatre Creation in September of 2012, with Sakamoto Maaya and Inoue Yoshio in the lead roles, and would go on to tour Japan, reaching audiences in Niigata, Oita, Osaka, and Fukuoka.
McGinnis and Hancock returned to their roles for the West End premiere of Daddy Long Legs at the St James Theatre in London during October of 2012.
2012 also saw actors Ephie Aardema and Kevin Earley teaming up twice as Jerusha and Jervis, for productions in Santa Maria, CA (PCPA TheatreFest) and St Louis (Repertory Theatre of St Louis).
The following year saw the Canadian premiere of Daddy Long Legs opening in Winnipeg at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, again starring McGinnis and Hancock.
The Florida Studio Theatre production in Sarasota in 2014 saw a new Jerusha (actress Penny McNamee) opposite Kevin Earley, marking his third turn as Jervis.
Daddy Long Legs opened off-Broadway in September of 2015 at the Davenport Theatre in New York City. Initially scheduled for a limited run, the musical went on to play 309 performances, closing in June of 2016. On December 10, 2015, the musical made history by becoming the first Broadway or off-Broadway show to be broadcast live online. The livestream was seen by over 150,000 viewers in 135 countries, reaching audiences as far as away as Tanzania, Jordan, and Fiji. Megan McGinnis returned to the role of Jerusha for the Davenport production, opposite Paul Alexander Nolan, Will Reynolds, and finally, her real-life husband Adam Halpin as Jervis.
In July of 2016, the musical opened in Seoul, South Korea at the Daemyung Culture Factory with a rotating cast. Check out the footage from the Seoul production, featuring “The Secret of Happiness” sung in Korean!
Upcoming productions include New Brunswick, New Jersey (George Street Playhouse) and Pittsburgh ( Pittsburgh Public Theatre).
Finally, after visiting three continents and over 20 cities, Daddy Long Legs returns home to TheatreWorks for the holidays with a brand new Jerusha and Jervis: Hilary Maiberger and Derek Carley.