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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Skylight Music's Romantic 'Daddy Long Legs'

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Based on Jean Webster's progressive novel from 1912, John Caird and Paul Gordon's Daddy Long Legs has the potential to be a deep, socially conscious romantic-comedy musical. Preliminary outings of this story about a woman earning a college degree at the dawn of the 20th century have met with acclaim. The Milwaukee premiere takes place at Skylight Music Theatre this month. (The Skylight has joined a consortium of groups premiering the work all over the United States.)

The musical features Broadway actress Megan McGinnis as the young Jerusha Abbott, an orphan who is being put through college by a mysterious benefactor who writes her letters but refuses to identify himself. McGinnis, who has appeared in Les Misérables and The Diary of Anne Frank, has a fresh-faced, wide-eyed presence that makes her seem very youthful. Rob Hancock stars as mysterious benefactor Jervis Pendleton. Hancock has the charisma to match McGinnis' beauty. That Hancock also looks like a soap opera star is no accident—he had a bit part on the TV soap “Guiding Light.”

The Skylight Music Theatre's production of Daddy Long Legs runs March 9-April 1 at the Broadway Theatre Center's Cabot Theatre. For ticket reservations, call 414-291-7800.

Theater Happenings


  • Next week, Soulstice Theatre presents the regional premiere of Nocturne, a play by the author of Red Light Winter, Adam Rapp. The story of a young man coming to terms with an auto accident that killed his sister 15 years ago runs March 8-24 at the Keith Tamsett Theatre. For ticket reservations, call 414-481-2800.
  • UW-Milwaukee Theatre stages the story of prep school officials considering a Faustian bargain involving the teaching of “intelligent design.” The John Walch drama The Nature of Mutation takes place March 7-11 at the Peck School of the Arts' Mainstage Theatre. Call 414-229-4308 for ticket reservations.