Streaming October 9 – 25, 2020

Enjoy the magic of theatre anywhere you can access the internet.
Rent the pre-recorded production and stream it right to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. 

While we may not be able to perform in person yet, Broadway Rose is thrilled to produce this charming musical and make it available to you in your home during this time of social isolation. Enjoy an evening of entertainment and help keep our staff and artists working during this crisis. 

This heartwarming story about a witty and tenacious young woman and her mysterious benefactor is filled with soaring melodies. Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a “rags-to-riches” tale of newfound love in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and “Downton Abbey.” Daddy Long Legsfeatures music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist, Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre), and Tony-winning librettist/director, John Caird (Les Misérables). 

Jerusha Abbott (Malia Tippets) is the “Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home” until a mysterious benefactor decides to send her to college to be educated as a writer. Required to write him a letter once a month, she is never to know the benefactor’s identity – so she invents one for him: Daddy Long Legs. Although she knows that he will never respond to her letters, she grows more and more fond of this elusive and kindly “old” gentleman. But another relationship soon begins to develop in Jerusha’s life. Jervis Pendleton (Joe Theissen) is the well-do-do, “youngish” uncle of one of Jerusha’s roommates, who introduces her to a world of literature, travel, and adventure. Through her correspondence with Daddy Long Legs and her growing intimacy with Jervis, Jerusha’s letters chronicle her emergence as a delightfully independent “New American Woman.” Yet, there is one startling fact that Jerusha has yet to uncover – a fact that will change her life forever.  


Music and Lyrics by PAUL GORDON
Based on the novel by JEAN WEBSTER

A message on safety: Broadway Rose has taken tremendous precautions to keep our staff and artists safe during the rehearsal and recording process. The small production team maintained social distance, wore masks, and adhered to stringent backstage protocols including personal hygiene, surface cleaning, temperature monitoring, and health surveys. The show stars a real-life couple who live together. They were able to safely perform their scenes together. 

Content Advisories: Daddy Long Legs is suitable for most audiences.
Run time is approximately 2 hours.

Streaming is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) New York, NY
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.



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Malia Tippets as Jerusha Abbot

Malia is thrilled to be back on the Broadway Rose Theatre stage after her most recent perfomance as Susie Dare in Up and Away. Holding a degree in theatre performance from Marymount Manhattan College, she spent her college years performing in New York and went on to tour the nation in the mega-musical Evita as Eva Peron. Returning to New York, she was featured in the “Town Hall: Rising Stars of Broadway” concert. She spent two years in Japan performing as Elphaba in the Universal Studios production of Wicked before returning to Portland. Favorite Portland credits include Fly By Night (Daphne), Carrie: The Musical (Carrie White), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), and Heathers: The Musical (Veronica Sawyer).


Joe Theissen as Jervis Pendleton

Joe is honored to be back on the Broadway Rose stage. In addition to his many roles here at Broadway Rose, Joe has worked with Lakewood Theatre Company, Pixie Dust Productions, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and the Portland Parks Theatre Program, among others. Joe’s Broadway Rose credits include: Ronak Fairchild and Others in Up and Away, Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls, The Narrator in the Northwest premiere of Fly By Night (2017 Drammy Award), and Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. Other recent appearances include Junie B. Jones (Dad/Mr. Scary/Gladys Gutzman) at Oregon Children’s Theatre, Man of La Mancha (Pedro) at Lakewood Theatre Company, Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Billy Elliot (George), and La Cage Aux Folles (Zaza/Albert) at Pixie Dust Productions; and Heathers: The Musical at Staged!/triangle productions!. As a vocalist, Joe has been a soloist with the Trinity Consort and a studio vocalist with Pink Martini and Oregon Catholic Press recordings. Joe holds a B.A. in music theory and composition from Linfield College, and a M.A. in teaching theatre and English from Concordia University.

Show Dates

You may purchase a rental up until 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the day you would like to start watching.

Friday, October 9, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Wednesday, October 21
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Sunday, October 25, 2020


Directed by Sharon Maroney 
Music Direction by Jeffrey Childs 
Set Design by Sean O’Skea 
Light Design by Phil McBeth 
Costume Coordinator Vanessa Elsner
Prop Design by Liz Carlson and Jeff Duncan 
Sound Design by Brian K. Moen
Videography by Mark Daniels 
Stage Manager Jeff Duncan


Piano Jeffrey Childs
Viola Amy Roesler

News, Reviews, and Buzz

by Krista Garver, Oct. 14, 2020
I didn’t realize until I was watching Broadway Rose’s new streaming production of the musical DADDY LONG LEGS how much I’d been needing a show that would whisk me away to another world, provide some laughs, and ask nothing of me in returnRead more.

Daddy Long Legs — Welcome this spider into your home!

by Tina Arth
Westside Theatre Reviews, Oct. 14, 2020
The end result is a production that comes close enough to the experience of live theater that, by intermission, I was feeling positively euphoric – and the warm fuzzies didn’t fadeRead more.


Aspiring author + reticent rich man = a fun musical!
by Judy Nedry, Oct. 10
There is much to love in this musical, with its clever dialog, likable characters, and the family-friendly charm of an old-fashioned love story set in a different era... Read more.


Romance, an elephant, lots of art

by Bob Hicks
Oregon ArtsWatch, Oct. 8, 2020
“Take that, 2020. We will not drift off into despair. There’s love to be had, there’s celebration to be had, there’s art to be had.”Read more.


When ‘Daddy Long Legs’ says ‘I Do, I Do’
by Bennett Campbell Ferguson’
Oregon ArtsWatch, Oct. 6, 2020
At rehearsal last Friday, Tippets proposed to Theissen onstage. Not only did he say yes (“This is the path we’ve been on pretty much since we met,” he says), but the couple got married right then and there (the ceremony was performed by Dan Murphy, who is ordained). Read more.

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