“Tuck Everlasting,” the musical adaptation of Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 children’s book of the same name, is set to make its pre-Broadway world premiere in June of next year at Boston’s Colonial Theatre.
Casey Nicholaw, the Tony Award winning director and choreography of “The Book of Mormon,” will stage the musical, which features a girl who makes friends with a family that became immortal by drinking from a spring that flows from a tree. As the play’s authors put it:
“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.”
The production includes a score by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, who worked together on “Burnt Park Boys.” The book is written by Claudia Shear, who was nominated for a Tony for her work on “Dirty Blonde.”
The production team includes Broadway Across America, Howard Kagan and Barry Brown. Though casting has not been announced, a December reading featured Carolee Carmello, Michael Park, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Rozi Baker, Fred Applegate, Marylouise Burke, Bob Fitch, Matt Shingledecker, Michael Wartella and Valerie Wright.
“Tuck Everlasting” has been adapted into two films. The first was in 1981, and Disney produced a 2002 version that starred Gilmore Girl Alexis Bledel along with Jonathan Jackson, Ben Kingsley and Sissy Spacek. The book has sold over two million copies, and was selected as an ALA Notable Book. It also received the Janusz Korczak Medal and the 1976 Christopher Award for Best Book for Young People.