Without An Available Broadway Home, Producers Postpone Tuck Everlasting Musical

Producers have postponed the pre-Broadway Boston world premiere of Tuck Everlasting, the new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's popular 1975 children's novel, due to a lack of an available Broadway theatre in a crowded 2013-2014 season.

Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Broadway Across America, Beth Williams, Howard & Janet Kagan and Barry Brown are producing the musical that was announced to run July 28-Aug. 18 at Boston's Colonial Theatre prior to a New York bow, though a Broadway target date was never revealed.

Future plans for the production will be announced at a later date, according to an April 11 release from the producers.

Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw is attached to stage the musical about a young 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.

Tuck Everlasting 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 cast was to feature Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello ( Parade, Scandalous) as Ma Tuck, Newsies star Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse Tuck, Annie cast member Sadie Sink as Winnie, Emmy winner Michael Park ( How To Succeed…, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Pa Tuck, Fred Applegate ( Sister Act) as Constable Joe, Marylouise Burke ( Fuddy Meers) as Nana, David Garrison ( Titanic) as The Man In The Yellow Suit, Michael Wartella ( The Kid) as Hugo and Valerie Wright ( Elf) as Mother. Much of the cast has been involved in workshops of Tuck Everlasting in the past several years.

The production has set design by Walt Spangler, costume design by two-time Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes, sound design by Tony Award winner Brian Ronan and orchestrations by Danny Troob.

Here's how it's billed: "If you could live forever, would you? That’s the eternal question of Tuck Everlasting. In a small New England town, a young girl dreaming of adventure stumbles upon a family with a fabulous secret. Their chance encounter sends them on an unforgettable journeythat will test everything they believe about love, life, and what it means to truly feel alive."

Visit  tuckeverlastingmusical.com.