'Daddy Long Legs' at James J Hill house Joe Hendren


Daddy Long Legs

Every Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Feb. 7-29
7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13
7:30 p.m.

Uniquely immersive experiences can be created by staging work in nontraditional but thematically fitting venues. Minneapolis Musical Theatre demonstrated this with their wildly popular production of High Fidelity at the Electric Fetus. This time, the company mounts chamber musical Daddy Long Legs at the James J. Hill House. Set in early 20th-century New England, this romantic period piece follows an orphaned girl named Jerusha Abbott as she toils away at her daily routine without any future aspirations. This bleak outlook is challenged, however, when an enigmatic benefactor offers to pay for Jerusha’s college education, provided she pursue a career in writing and keep him updated via letters. As Jerusha’s correspondence continues, however, her smitten benefactor finds it increasingly difficult to maintain anonymity. Adapting a 1912 novel by Jean Webster, lyricist/composer Paul Gordon and playwright John Caird have crafted a charming musical that should make for an antidote to these frigid winter days. For tickets go to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, plus Thursday, February 13. $28-$36. 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul; 651-297-2555. Through February 29 —Brad Richason