Tuck Everlasting Musical Finds a Broadway Home

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Tuck Everlasting, the new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's best-selling 1975 novel of the same name, will open on Broadway April 17, 2016, at the Broadhurst Theatre, currently home to the Broadway hit Mamma Mia!

The show, which debuted earlier this year at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre (starring Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster, the 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; and Newsies' Andrew Keenan-Bolger in the central role of immortal boy Jesse Tuck), will now begin previews March 23, 2016.

Casting for the Broadway production has not been announced, though it is expected that major players from the Atlanta run, many of whom have been part of the show's development for several years, will return for the New York premiere.

The Broadhurst is currently home to the long-running production of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' international hit musical Mamma Mia!, which will play its final performance Sept. 12, following 5,773 performances on Broadway. The Broadhurst's next tenant will be a limited run of Misery, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf (Oct. 22-Feb. 14, 2016).

Tuck Everlasting features a book by Tony Award nominee Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), music by Chris Miller (The Burnt Part Boys), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys) and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon). Tuck Everlasting is produced by Grove Entertainment, Arlene Scanlan & Michael Jackowitz, Howard & Janet Kagan, and Barry Brown.

Miller (music) and Tysen (lyrics) have written The Burnt Part Boys (2010 Lucille Lortel nomination, Best Musical) and Fugitive Songs (2008 Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Revue), both of which have cast albums on Yellow Sound Label available at iTunes and Amazon. Read more about their work in Playbill.com's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.

Here's how the musical is billed: "If you could live forever, would you? When Winnie Foster discovers the magical secret of the Tuck family, she embarks on an extraordinary adventure that will change her life forever. Take a journey you'll never forget in this powerful new musical about love, family and living life to the fullest."

The new musical was originally scheduled to play a pre-Broadway Boston engagement in 2013, but producers announced that they would delay the musical's Broadway arrival due to the lack of an available theatre.

The production will feature scenic design by Walt Spangler (A Christmas Story The Musical, Desire Under The Elms), costume design by Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, Kinky Boots), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (Finding Neverland, Kinky Boots, Wicked), sound design by Tony Award winner Brian Ronan (Beautiful The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon), orchestrations by John Clancy (Fun Home, Shrek) and musical supervision by Rob Berman (The Pajama Game, eight seasons as music director of Encores!). Casting is by Telsey + Company (Bethany Berg Knox, CSA).

Casting and ticketing information will be announced at a later date. Visit TuckEverlastingMusical.com.

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