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Davenport Theatre to Present 1955 Film Version of Daddy Long Legs

A new musicalized version of the story plays the off-Broadway theater.

The cover of a rereleased version of the 1955 film Daddy Long Legs.

The currently running off-Broadway musical Daddy Long Legs is set to host a screening of the 1955 film adaptation of Jean Webster's 1912 novel Daddy Long Legs. The event will take place January 20 at 8 pm at the musical's home at the Davenport Theatre.

In the film, which features a Johnny Mercer score that includes the 1955 Oscar-nominated song "Something's Gotta Give," Fred Astaire plays a character that becomes both benefactor and suitor of orphan Julie Andre, played by Leslie Caron.

With book and direction by Tony Award winner John Caird (Les Misérables), the new musical version of Daddy Long Legs features a score by Tony nominee Paul Gordon and is inspired by the same Jean Webster novel that serves as the basis for the movie. It tells the story of Jerusha Abbott, an orphan who gets a college education from an anonymous benefactor whom she nicknames Daddy Long Legs.

Every audience member attending the film screening will receive an exclusive discount to see the live musical version of Daddy Long Legs at the Davenport Theatre.

Megan McGinnis in the musical Daddy Long Legs at the Davenport Theatre.
(© Jeremy Daniel)

For tickets to the musical Daddy Long Legs, click here.