The Alliance Theatre-born musical Tuck Everlasting  ends its Broadway run on Sunday after just 28 previews and 39 regular performances.

Andrew Keenan-Bolger (from left), Sarah Charles Lewis, Robert Lenzi and Carolee Carmello in "Tuck Everlasting." Photo: Joan Marcus
Andrew Keenan-Bolger (from left), Sarah Charles Lewis, Robert Lenzi and Carolee Carmello in “Tuck Everlasting.” Photo: Joan Marcus

The musical, seen at the Alliance in December 2014, is based on Natalie Babbitt’s young adult novel about a family that lives forever and the young girl who stumbles into their lives.

Much of the cast that Alliance audiences saw — mostly New York actors — moved to Broadway with the production, including Carolee Carmello as Mae Tuck, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse Tuck, Michael Park as Angus Tuck, Terrence Mann as the Man in the Yellow Suit, Robert Lenzi as Miles Tuck and 11-year-old Atlantan Sarah Charles Lewis as the protagonist, Winnie Foster.

The show, which opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 26, received  mostly mixed but positive-leaning reviews and a good notice from The New York Times.

“Heartbroken by the news that Tuck Everlasting will play its final performance on Sunday,” Keenan Bolger said on Facebook after news of the closing was announced. “That being said, if I had to boil down this experience to one line from our show it would be that ‘you don’t need to live forever, you just need to live.’ While our run on Broadway won’t be eternal, I feel lucky to have spent it working on something I loved.”

The show was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, who still has The Book of MormonAladdin and Something Rotten! playing on Broadway and returns to the Alliance in August for The Prom, another world-premiere musical.

Tuck is a 2016 Tony Award nominee for Gregg Barnes’ costume design.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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