Wave goodbye to Daddy.
Don’t be mad at me.
I usually like to break any news I have about my shows first right here on my blog.
But some things happened very fast over the past 48 hours and I had to announce that Daddy Long Legs, one of the most perfect little gems of a musical I’ve ever worked on, and a Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Musical (besting some Broadway shows, mind you) and an Outer Critics and Off Broadway Alliance nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Best New Musical, respectively, is closing on Monday, June 6th.
Despite how difficult it can be to put on an Off Broadway show these days (and honestly, there are some out there that make it more difficult than it should be), I loved every second of working on this show, thanks to the incredible team of Producers, including my Partner Michael Jackowitz and Hunter Arnold, Peg McFeeley Golden, Tres Rosas, Ben Bailey, David Bryant, Caiola Productions, Carl Daikeler, Jeffrey Grove and Marguerite Hoffman, as well as the entire creative team, including John Caird, Paul Gordon, Brad Haak, David Farley, Paul Toben and Peter Fitzgerald . . . and of course, the magnificent Megan McGinnis (one of the reasons I did the show in the first place) and her #MarriedInRealLife hubby, Adam Halpin.
Why did I love working on it? Yeah, it was fun live-streaming it. Yeah, it was fun giving young Irish lass Una Morrison her chance to sing on a stage, after she beat over 180 other girls for the chance.
But what did it for me was every time I stepped into that theater and watched the show. There’s no chandelier. No 20 piece orchestra with 12 synthesizers. And no lighting rig that would make Madonna jealous. It was just two performers. A band of three. And a beautiful story told beautifully.
Is there anything better?
Daddy will live on in productions all over the world. But this production is only running until June 6th. And I have it under good authority that Ms. McGinnis, who has been involved the show since in the beginning, and who still manages to get me to choke up every time I watch, will never play Jerusha again.
So if you want to see one of the best examples there is of intimate Off Broadway theater . . . wait a minute . . . I meant to say one of the best examples there is of theater period . . . go see Daddy Long Legs before it’s gone.
Oh, and check out this touching video that Megan and Adam made to say goodbye to all of you. (If you’re an email subscriber and can’t see the video below, click here).
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