'Tuck Everlasting' will premiere in Boston in July, directed by one of the Tony-winning directors of 'The Book of Mormon.'
Another beloved children’s book is getting the stage treatment.
Natalie Babbitt’s book “Tuck Everlasting,” first published in 1975, is being adapted into a stage musical that will premiere in Boston at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre in July. The show, which is taking place with Babbitt’s approval, was adapted by writer Claudia Shearer and is being directed by Casey Nicholaw, who snagged a Tony for Best Direction of a Musical for his work on the enormously successful show “The Book of Mormon.” Music is by Chris Miller and lyrics are by Nathan Tysen.
“Tuck Everlasting” was planned to premiere in May, but production delays have pushed that date back to July.
The novel follows Winnie Foster, a young girl who meets a family, the Tucks, who drank from an enchanted spring and can now live forever. Winnie must choose whether to drink from the spring as well and stay with them or pursue a normal life.
In discussing the show, Babbitt says that she often got concerned questions from parents who couldn’t believe her novel, with its serious themes, was aimed at children.