Tuck Everlasting – Broadway Bummer?
Believe me when tell you, I love a film and show adaptations as much as the next person, I think it’s great to have a face to put a name to, to see things come to life! But sometimes, they just aren’t meant to be, sometimes shows close, and this is exactly what happened with the Broadway bummer Tuck Everlasting.
With the book originally written by author Natalie Babbit, and published in 1975. With two film adaptations under its belt, the book has now got a Musical, despite it closing within a month of opening. With the help from the creative team, consisting of Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen working on music and lyrics, and the Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon/Aladdin) choreographing and directing. Just in case you don’t know the plot for the show, ‘Tuck Everlasting’ tells the tale of ‘11-year-old Winnie Foster, a free spirit who longs for adventure. When she meets the Tucks—and discovers they hold the secret to everlasting life—she faces an extraordinary choice: return to her own family, or join the Tucks on their never-ending journey’. And although it has an interesting and magical story line, it apparently didn’t settle too well with the public. After struggling at the box office, and only one Tony Nominations, for its costumery, designed by Gregg Barnes, it was some of the only attention the show received. And unfortunately Tuck Everlasting closed on the 29th May 2016.
With it’s seemingly well put-together creative team, the cast seemed to fit the bill as well, with Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) playing Jesse Tuck one of our main characters, and Sarah Charles Lewis, who was making her Broadway debut with Tuck Everlasting, starring as Winnie Foster. The cast also included Broadway stars such as Carolee Carmelo (Finding Neverland, Mamma Mia!), and Michael Park (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), as Mae and Angus Tuck. Despite its early departure from Broadway Tuck Everlasting has released it’s cast album, and the musical-duo Miller and Tysen have still managed to create a pretty good album, so why not take a listen, its as close to the show you’re gonna get I’m afraid!