Tuck Everlasting presents us with a family who never ages and will never die. As the show unfolds we learn about the advantages, conflicts, and disadvantages living forever can have. In some respects their lives are frozen in time, yet it passes by with a lot of loss as people they come to know leave them, and ultimately teaching them many lessons. Coming from a close family, I'd love it, if we all could live forever, but as family members pass on, you start to learn things about yourself that you may not have known if they were still here, so the quandary of if I would want to live forever continues.
Helping tell this story is a wonderful cast of performers! Leading things off is Andrew Keenan-Bolger as "Jesse Tuck." From taking risks in life and love to learning lessons, Andrew really conveys the fun, excitement, and hardships of what it means to live forever. His character takes leaps and bounds and embraces whatever the results of those moments are. Playing "Jesse's" brother, is the handsome and sexy Robert Lenzi as "Miles Tuck." "Miles" brings a different view to the thought of living forever. He has been crippled emotionally and brings that heartache into almost every situation. "Miles'" journey is definitely a wild ride. Robert does a great job with this multifaceted character. Luckily for us, he gets his real shining moment during the song "Time." Then there are "Jesse" and "Miles'" parents, "Mae Tuck" and "Angus Tuck," played by the very talented Carolee Carmello and Michael Park, respectively. "Mae" is definitely a protector of her family and loves them more than anything in the world. She goes to great lengths to make sure they are safe. Any musical with Carolee Carmello is a lucky one because of her rich vocals and fantastic acting. In Tuck Everlasting, Carolee demonstrates all of this! Michael Park is well cast as "Angus," whose chemistry with Carolee makes me feel as though they are a real life couple.
There are lots of comedic moments in Tuck Everlasting, thanks to the genius that is Terrence Mann! He plays the devilish "Man in the Yellow Suit" and steals every scene he's in. Basically, when he's on stage, the spotlight is on him. His character is your typical con artist, trying to get what he feels is golden, but there is nothing typical about Terrence's portrayal. I've adored Terrence for sometime, but this role, is a real winner!
The rest of the cast is enjoyable and delightful and for the most part I enjoyed the show and the music. I do feel there are a few things that could be fleshed out better with the story. There was one point I thought the show was ending, but it didn't and took a bit to get to the end. I might have chosen to convey that differently, though I do get why it was done that way.
Overall, "Everything's Golden" in Tuck Everlasting and if you are looking to see some talent, this is one show to fly into! Tuck Everlasting plays at the Broadhurst Theatre in NYC (235 West 44th Street). Click here for tickets!
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