Producer Ken Davenport has announced that the Drama Desk Award-nominated Daddy Long Legs will play its final performance June 6, after 309 performances at the Davenport Theatre. The current stars of the show, real-life married couple Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin, have created a video featuring the song “My Manhattan” from the musical, to mark the announcement.
Watch the video below:
The two-actor production officially opened Off-Broadway September 28, 2015. The new musical, about a romance that spans several years and is developed through letters, features music and lyrics by Tony nominee Paul Gordon and a book by Tony winner John Caird. Caird, who also directs, reunites with Gordon following their earlier collaboration on the Tony-nominated Jane Eyre.
“We were thrilled to be the first Broadway or Off Broadway production to be live streamed from New York City,” said Davenport in a press statement, of the landmark live stream last December. The show made theatre history by being the first-ever Off-Broadway performance to be broadcast online to the world for free. “But the time has come for Jerusha to graduate college and go off into the world. We're currently booking a national tour and also licensing the show around the world, including at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, and as far away as Korea,” continued Davenport.
The Off-Broadway premiere began previews September 10, starring McGinnis (Les Misérables), who has been attached to the project since its 2009 debut, alongside Paul Alexander Nolan (Once, Jesus Christ Superstar). Nolan was succeeded by Will Reynolds and Halpin joined the production November 20.
The musical is based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster. Set in turn-of-the-century New England, it tells the story of Jerusha Abbott, the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. A mysterious benefactor agrees to send her to college under the condition that she writes him a letter once a month, and through this correspondence, she shares her experiences of discovering literature, adventure, love and self. Not knowing who her aid is, she dubs him “Daddy Long Legs.“
The show, produced by Davenport (Kinky Boots) and Michael Jackowitz (How To Succeed in Business...), premiered at California's Rubicon Theatre Company in 2009 and has had acclaimed productions throughout the United States as well as international productions in Canada, Tokyo and London's West End.
Additional producers include Hunter Arnold, Peg McFeeley Golden, Tres Rosas, Ben Bailey, David Bryant, Caiola Productions, Carl Daikeler, Jeffrey Grove, Marguerite Hoffman and associate producer Kayla Greenspan.
Tickets are available by visiting Telecharge or by calling (212) 239-6222. The Davenport Theatre is located at 354 West 45th St., New York.