Tuck Everlasting Aiming for May 2013 Pre-Broadway Boston Premiere; Casey Nicholaw Directs
By Adam Hetrick
The Broadway-bound musical Tuck Everlasting, directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, will arrive at Boston's Colonial Theatre May 26, 2013, according to an Equity casting notice.
The new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's popular 1975 children's novel has a score by Burnt Part Boys songwriters Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics) and a book by Tony Award-nominated playwright Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde).
The Boston engagement wil play through June 15, 2013. Rehearsals are expected to begin in April 2013. Tuck Everlasting's Boston try-out was previously announced, but dates had not been confirmed. Dates of a Broadway production have not been announced.
Book of Mormon director-choreographer Nicholaw will stage the musical about a young a girl who befriends a unique family that has gained eternal life by drinking from a spring that flows from a tree in the woods. Rob Berman is musical director.
Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Howard Kagan and Barry Brown produce Tuck Everlasting.
A December 2011 reading of the musical featured Carolee Carmello, Michael Park, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Rozi Baker, Fred Applegate, Marylouise Burke, Bob Fitch, Matt Shingledecker, Michael Wartella and Valerie Wright. Carmello, Keenan-Bolger, Burke, Baker and Applegate also took part in an April 2011 presentation of Tuck Everlasting.
According to the authors, "Good girl Winnie Foster's world has been safely contained behind the picket fence that surrounds the house she shares with her mother and grandmother. Yearning to break free, Winnie runs deep into the woods behind their house where she discovers the Tuck family and the secret they’ve been keeping. That secret sets Winnie and the Tucks out on an adventure that will test what they believe and challenge them to truly be alive, now and forever."
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