May 1 2016
By Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor
New York, NY – Tuck Everlasting” is an entertaining and well-crafted musical based upon the 1975 best-selling young adult book by Natalie Babbitt.
The story about is about a family living in a small town in 19th Century New Hampshire and drink from a spring that enables the family to gain immortality. The story focuses on Winnie Foster played by Sarah Charles Lewis. The other Tuck family members are played by Carolee Carmello, Mcihael Park and their two sons played by Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Robert Lenzi. They have not aged for 85 years. There is also a protagonist, a man in the yellow suit (played by Terrance Mann) who wants to profit from the stream.
The theme is engrossing through the musicals book written by Claudia Sheaer and Tim Federle which leaves the audience hanging waiting for the plots to unfold. The music and lyrics by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen is charming but uneventful.
The Director-Choreographer Casey Nicholaw ( who staged The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten and Aladdin) adeptly moves the story along given the material.
This is a family show but ponders along with a weak first act.