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Daddy Long Legs

November 29 — December 24, 2016

November 29 — December 24, 2016

Writer (Book)
John Caird

John Caird

Writer (Book)

John Caird is an author and director working in theatre, opera and musical theatre in London, New York, Tokyo and all around the world. Published works with MTI include Les Miserables (Schools Edition), Children of Eden (with music by Stephen Schwartz) Jane Eyre (with music by Paul Gordon) and his own new version of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (originally performed at the National Theatre in London). Recent productions include: Tosca (Houston Grand Opera), Daddy Long Legs (off-Broadway), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Stratford Festival), McQueen (Haymarket Theatre, West End) Twelfth Night (Nissay Theatre, Tokyo) Tosca and Parsifal (Lyric Opera, Chicago), La Bohéme (San Francisco Opera), Gertrud (Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm). Notable engagements for the RSC include over twenty productions including Midsummer Night’s Dream (RST), Romeo and Juliet, (TOP) The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Aldwych Theatre and Broadway), Les Misérables (Barbican, Palace Theatre, Broadway and worldwide). Notable engagements for the National Theatre include: Hamlet, Humbleboy, Stanley, The Seagull and his own new version of Bernstein’s Candide among many others. Elsewhere: Dance of Death, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet (Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm) Brief Encounter (Houston Grand Opera). He has won numerous awards including Olivier Awards for Nicholas Nickleby and Candide, and Tony Awards for Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby. Caird’s book about directing, Theatre Craft, is published by Faber & Faber in London and New York. Go to johncaird.com for more information about his career.

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Music & Lyrics
Paul Gordon

Paul Gordon

Music & Lyrics

Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for his score to Jane Eyre which ran at the La Jolla Playhouse in Summer of 1999 and opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in December of 2000. Co-authored and directed by multiple Tony Award winning director John Caird, (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nickleby, Stanley) the musical was first presented at the Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto in December of 1996. His previous musical, the contemporary pop opera Greetings From Venice Beach, in which he co-wrote the book and the music and lyrics, was first presented in Los Angeles in 1993. Paul has also written the music and lyrics for The Circle, with book by Shem Bitterman. Paul wrote and co-directed the independent film, Dirk and Betty, which premiered at the 1999 Hamptons
Film Festival and stars Marisa Tomei, Eric Roberts and Jonathan Silverman. Paul has written two number one songs: Next Time I Fall recorded by Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, and Friends and Lovers, which went number one on both the pop and country charts. Some of the other artists he has written for, or collaborated with, include Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, Alanis Morissette, Vonda Shepard, David Foster, Patti LaBelle, Eddie Rabbit, Juice Newton, James Ingram, The Pointer Sisters, Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton-John, Eddie Money, Kenny Rogers, Smokey
Robinson and Kenny G among many others. Paul has written songs for several films, including Stella, Ghostbusters II, Spacecamp, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Soul Man and The Principle. Paul is the recipient of nine A.S.C.A.P awards in both the pop and country field. His most recent award was received for the theme to Ally McBeal, co-written with Vonda Shepard.

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Director
Michael Mastro

Michael Mastro

Director

Michael Mastro has a long history with George Street Playhouse, having served as its Resident Artistic Director for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. At GSP, he has directed 2016's Nureyev’s Eyes, 2014’s The Fabulous Lipitones and 2011’s The Subject Was Roses with Stephanie Zimbalist. He has also appeared on our stage in such productions as The Sunshine Boys, The Pillowman, The Fox on the Fairway and Inspecting Carol. In recent years, he has directed Ingmar Bergman’s Nora at Delaware Theatre Company, where he was Associate Artistic Director, and appeared in Ayckbourn’s The Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse. He has also helmed several NYC celebrity play readings to benefit various nonprofits, working with actors like Zachary Quinto, Bernadette Peters, Jean Smart, Beau Bridges, Michael McKean, Stockard Channing, Melissa Leo, Laura Benanti, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery and Cecily Strong. Other directorial assignments include associate director of the recent first national tour of West Side Story, helmed by David Saint, as well as the direction of many new American one-acts for several NYC theatre companies. As an actor, he works regularly on and off Broadway, regionally, and in film and TV, where he is currently recurring on Law & Order: SVU. Proud member: Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, Naked Angels, The Actors Center. 

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Cast
Ben Michael

Ben Michael

Cast

Ben Michael made his George Street debut in 2016's Daddy Long Legs as Jervis Pendleton. Previous credits: South Pacific, Cable; Fiddler on the Roof, Perchik; Legally Blonde, Emmett; White Christmas, Bob Wallace; Passion, Giorgio; Into the Woods, Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf. Many thanks to Michael and Darren for this amazing opportunity, the whole George Street team, and Elise for sending all those letters. Also to KMR, and Dad and Katy for their endless support. As always, for Mama. 

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Elise Vannerson

Elise Vannerson

Cast

Elise Vannerson made her George Street debut in Daddy Long Legs as Jerusha Abbott. Past roles include Susie in Snapshots (NoHo Arts Center), Lindsey Marchiano in Lovelace: A Rock Musical (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Judy in 9 to 5 (Oklahoma City University). However, favorite roles include sister to Spenser, daughter to Jon and Lia and completely undeserved child of God. Oklahoma City University graduate. Many thanks to the crew, Micheal, Darren, David, CGF and the amazing cast (Ben).

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Based on the classic novel by Jean Webster

A witty and winsome young woman`s wishes are answered when an anonymous gentleman she nicknames Daddy Long Legs gives her the opportunity to leave her orphanage and attend university.  In return, Jerusha shares her life with her unknown benefactor through treasured letters as she grows into an intelligent and independent woman and experiences a budding romance with a young suitor.  This heartwarming new musical has charmed audiences of all ages from London to New York.  Based on the classic novel that inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs was created by Tony Award winner John Caird (Les Miserables) and Tony Award-nominee Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre).  This Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee was described by Stage Scene LA as “one of the most enthralling, entertaining and moving love stories on the American musical theater stage.” 

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"Heartwarming...a musical bon-bon" - The Princeton Packet/Time Off

"A sweet, romantic gem of a show" - Out In Jersey

"An uplifting piece of theatre for this holiday season" - BroadwayWorld.com

"See it!" - Home News Tribune/Gannett NJ


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Ben Michael (Jervis) and Elise Vannerson (Jerusha) perform "My Manhattan" during rehearsal for "Daddy Long Legs" at George Street Playhouse, Nov. 29 - Dec. 24, 2016.