My nine-year-old son Sean and I were able to see a media preview of Tuck Everlasting on Broadway last month. The new musical is based on Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting, a children’s book that is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. Both Sean and I loved the adaptation and I found myself in tears near the end as the circle of life was so beautifully acted out. Below is a little preview of the story:
‘Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.’
Everyone in the Tuck Everlasting cast does a wonderful job singing and acting in their respective roles. The choreography is also great throughout the whole play but the last dance sequence – as Winnie Foster dances through the various stages of her life with people coming in and out of it – is exceptional. The only thing that I don’t love about the musical is the simplistic idea of the various stages of growth in women – from girls to wives to mothers to daughters. However, that has more to do with the view of women’s lives when the book was written back in 1975. (It’s not a musical production issue.) Today, women have many more life options – to marry or not to marry; to have children or not; a variety of career options and much more. We just have to fully live out our choices.
In any event, both Sean and I felt especially excited to be among the first to see this musical adaptation of the classic children’s book. We think that you will have a magical time watching the Tuck Everlasting Broadway musical with your family too!
235 West 44th Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
New York NY 10036
(Tickets starting at $59)