Last week I was invited to see the new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting and I jumped at the opportunity. I’m a huge fan of Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, co-writers of the new play, and the story’s tag line and premise intrigued me. After all, wouldn’t it appeal to you: If you could live forever, would you?
The play explores this theory in a the form of a musical fairytale. A beautiful set, expert choreography and memorable score aid and brilliant acting aid the storytelling, and it all adds to the play’s fantasy theme. The story revolves around the Tuck family, who after having drunk a particular batch of water, inherited the ability to live forever. Their physical beings remain the same, meaning they don’t age along with the rest of the world. As we encounter their world, we experience the painful realities of not living life like a normal person. The Tucks have watched loved ones die too soon and have had people walk away from them for no reason other than the fact that their lives are just too complicated and unusual to fathom.
The little girl who encounters them is called Winnie Foster, played by Sarah Charles Lewis, who happens upon the family and must make the choice of whether or not to drink the water and live forever. She falls in love with the family so it is a difficult choice. She also must spend time avoiding the play’s villain, played by Terrance Mann, who I adore having seen him in various revivals over the last few years including Pippin, who wants to expose the Tucks to the world. Lewis and Mann are excellent, as are the rest of the cast that includes Andrew Keenan-Bolger of “Newsies,”Carolee Carmello, Michael Park, Fred Applegate, Michael Wartella, Valerie Wright, Robert Lenzi and Pippa Pearthree.
The play ends with a ballet, depicting the future of Winnie, very much in the vein of the Six Feet Under finale. It wasn’t my favorite way to end the show, but I appreciate the interpretation, and I am sure any child over the age of 12 would appreciate the optimistic ending of this hopeful play.
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“Tuck Everlasting” plays at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., New York. Call 212-239-6200 or go to www.tuckeverlastingmusical.com.
Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets to see Tuck Everlasting, but as always, all opinions are my own.