Best-Selling Author Tim Federle Will Co-Write Libretto for Broadway's Tuck Everlasting

News   Best-Selling Author Tim Federle Will Co-Write Libretto for Broadway's Tuck Everlasting
Tim Federle, author of the Broadway-set novel "Better Nate Than Ever," has joined Claudia Shear as co-librettist of the upcoming new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting.

Tim Federle
Tim Federle

"Better Nate Than Ever" was inspired, in part, by Federle's experience coaching child stars of Broadway's Billy Elliott. His other novels for teens include "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!," "The Great American Whatever," and he is reportedly developing a movie musical for Nickelodeon. Federle began his career as a Broadway actor, performing in the 2003 revival of Gypsy, as well as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Little Mermaid.

Tuck Everlasting is based on Natalie Babbitt's best-selling 1975 novel of the same name. The stage production premiered in Atlanta last year. Federle is a fresh addition to the Broadway creative team. Tuck Everlasting will mark his Broadway writing debut.

Tuck Everlasting begins previews March 31, with opening night set for April 26, at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (Finding Neverland) will play Mae Tuck with Outer Critics Circle nominee Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) as Jesse Tuck. The two played mother and son when the musical premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in 2015.

Eleven-year-old, Atlanta-based actress Sarah Charles Lewis, who starred in the musical's premiere, will reprise her role 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. 

They will be joined by two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Park (How To Succeed…) as Angus Tuck, three-time Tony nominee Terrence Mann (Pippin) as The Man in the Yellow Suit, Fred Applegate (The Last Ship) as Constable Joe, Robert Lenzi (South Pacific) as Miles Tuck, Michael Wartella (Wicked) as Hugo and Valerie Wright (Elf The Musical) as Betsy Foster.

Tuck Everlasting features a book by Federle and Tony Award nominee 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, Jeffrey A. Sine 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'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).

Tickets are currently on sale via, or by calling (212) 239-6200 / (800) 432-7250.


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