If You Could Live Forever, What Would You Do?

Special Features   If You Could Live Forever, What Would You Do? The company of Tuck Everlasting ponders how old they’d choose to be and what they would do if they could live forever.
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Monica Simoes

Starting March 31, audiences of Broadway’s Tuck Everlasting will begin to ponder: If you could choose to live forever, would you? Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt, the tale follows the Tuck family, who accidentally drank from a stream of immortality and became frozen in time. When Jesse Tuck befriends young Winnie Foster, he offers her to drink from the well that would keep them together for eternity.

We’ll leave you to decide what you would do until after you see the show, starring Carolee Carmello (Finding Neverland, Parade), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies, Mary Poppins), Michael Park (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, How to Succeed...), Terrence Mann (Finding Neverland, Pippin) and newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster. Rather than ask the company of Tuck if they would want to live forever, we asked—if they had no choice—at what age would you drink the water, and what would you do if you had all the time in the world?

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Robert Lenzi (Miles Tuck)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? I think I haven’t reached it yet. I think there’s that sweet spot of experience and wisdom, but still having some sort of youth and physical-ness to do whatever you wanna do. I hope I find that and enjoy it while I’ve got it.
What would you do with all your time? I would probably travel. I love to travel. I’ve been to Europe a few times. I’ve been to southeast Asia a few times. There are just so many places I want to go to. What a great opportunity that would be.

Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Jesse Tuck)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? I gotta do it now! Give it to me right now, I would guzzle it up so quickly.
What would you do with all your time? Never worrying about money, I think.

Casey Nicholaw (director, choreographer)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? I don’t want to be stuck in an age. Do I have to choose? I don’t know! I feel so lucky and so blessed, so it’s hard for me to find a time in my life that I would want to freeze at because everything has informed me up to now.
What would you do with all your time? I would travel like crazy, until I got sick of traveling. Though, who could get sick of traveling? I would travel and eat, and if I were frozen in time I wouldn’t worry about getting fat.

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Sarah Charles Lewis (Winnie Foster)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? Right now!
What would you do with all your time? I would keep on doing Broadway shows, and maybe I’d want to get into pop [music], and maybe I’d want to see the Eiffel Tower and the Egyptian Pyramids because those are actually in the show. He says, “We could go see the Egyptian Pyramids [and] the Eiffel Tower together.”

Michael Park (Angus Tuck)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? I can’t say without offending my children. If I could have my children? At 25. That’s kind of when Michael woke up to life and the realities—the rights and wrongs and falling in love with my wife and being a real person—but I would miss all my wonderful children. Men are useless until they’re 25 anyway.
What would you do with all your time? What would I do? Thankfully I don’t have to worry about it. That’s a great question. I have to sleep on that. Can I get back to you? I think I would go through all these crafty things, like I’d bake for a while, get bored with that. Do crafty wood-working; build houses for people. I’d have to do something for money.

Chris Miller (music)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? I was gonna say 30.
What would you do with all your time? Everything. What wouldn’t you do if you have all the time? [The first thing on the list:] Read as many books as possible.

Nathan Tysen (lyrics)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? I’ve said that I’ve been 27 for about 12 years. Having said that, 16 months ago I had a daughter, so I can’t imagine life without her now.
What would you do with all your time? Travel the world. Immediately just get on a boat. Maybe not even make a plan—just know that I have the time and just figure it out.

Carolee Carmello (Mae Tuck)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? Wow. That’s an interesting question because when you’re younger, you have the body that you like and the energy you like, but when you’re older you have the more mature outlook. I think when I was a kid I always kind of felt inside like I was 35, even when I was like 12. I felt like I had a 35-year-old soul. I don’t know where that came from, I don’t know what I thought 35 was, but now that I’m way past 35, I still kind of feel like that.
What would you do with all your time? I probably would travel more than I do now because I’ve been sort of stationary because I have kids who are still at home. I get to travel a little bit, but there are so many parts of this planet I haven’t seen, and that would be really cool because you wouldn’t have to race home. I’ll take a month in Florence and just take a look at every painting.

Tim Federle (book)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? I like my age. I’m 35…but 35 with a husband.
What would you do with all your time? I went right to [thinking], “There’s so many things I haven’t been able to binge on Netflix.” Binge watch! I’d [climb mountains] but through documentaries from the comfort of my bed.

Claudia Shear (book)
What age would you want to be if you were frozen in time? I’d go with now. I’m good. Now I have my husband and my life.
What would you do with all your time? Live, live, live, travel, live, live, live, live, live!

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