‘Daddy Long Legs’ a delightful charmer

Jerusha Abbott (Hilary Maiberger) describes her adventures in her letters to Jervis Pendleton (Derek Carley) as in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s musicalromance for the holidays, ‘Daddy Long Legs,’ playing through Dec. 31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo

Daddy Long Legs brings us a delightful moment of time in theatre. Written in 1912 by Jean Webster (a grandniece of Mark Twain), Daddy Long Legs has been made into a number of movies and plays when John Caird, famed director of Les Miserables adapted the classic novel into a musical with Paul Gordon handling the music and lyrics. A story about an orphan whose education is a sponsored by a benefactor who does not want to be involved other than to receive a monthly progress report. Sounds like a cross between Great Expectations and My Fair Lady.

A well done production directed by the esteemed Robert Kelly, with a super cast including Hilary Maiberger as Jerusha Abbott, Daddy Long Legs is delightful and charming. The story provides her character a spirit and magnetism that gives her performance life. Maiberger carries the show; she sings beautifully and matures believably into a delightful young woman. Her secret benefactor, Jervis Pendleton, (Derek Carley) does an admirable job supporting her.

Of course, predictably, all’s well that ends well with Jerusha captivating Jervis with her wit and innocent wisdom in her letters.

Musical Director William Liberatore carries the musical accompaniment with his group with his usual perfection. Joe Ragey’s super library set using books and trunks as props for the scenes is imaginative and holds attention. It blends with Steven B. Mannshardt’s subtle lighting to make for scenes that are soft and creative.

Daddy Long Legs is a delightful charmer.


‘Daddy Long Legs’

Book and Direction by John Caird

From a novel by Jean Webster

Music and lyrics by Paul Gordon

Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Performances through: Dec 31

Tickets: $30-$80  

Details: call: (650) 463-1960, or visit www.theatreworks,org

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