Tuck Everlasting is to receive its world premiere in Atlanta after postponing a pre-Broadway engagement in Boston last summer. The musical will now play January 21, 2015 through February 22 as part of the Alliance Theatre's 2014-15 season, joining the previously announced Bull Durham, which has now set dates for its run.
Based on the 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting tells the story of a young girl named Winnie Foster and her friendship with Jesse Tuck and his family, who become immortal after drinking from an enchanted spring. Featuring music by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen (collaborators on The Burnt Part Boys) and a book by Tony nominee Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), the show will be directed by Casey Nicholaw. No word yet on casting, but the previous production was set to star Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse Tuck, Carmello Carmello as Ma Tuck, Sadie Sink as Winnie Foster and Michael Park as Pa Tuck.
Bull Durham is scheduled to play September 3 through October 5. Directed by Kip Fagan, the musical will feature a book by Ron Shelton and music and lyrics by Susan Werner. Shelton received an Oscar nomination for the Bull Durham screenplay and also directed the film. The show is inspired by Shelton’s time on and off the Minor League Baseball field and tells the story of veteran catcher “Crash” Davis who is brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh for the majors. Annie Savoy, the muse of the Bulls, has a tough choice to make - each season she converts one player from an also-ran to an all-star by sharing her wisdom and her bed. The love triangle heats up, as each character fights with their own wants and hopes for what the future holds.