A couple weekends ago, Millie and I were invited to a preview of Tuck Everlasting, the new Broadway musical based on the children's novel of the same name by author Natalie Babbitt. Let me admit firstly that I knew next to nothing about the book's plot (other than what I googled that morning), but we were both thoroughly entertained by the show. And this is despite the fact that I was sobbing FOR THE ENTIRE LAST SONG. But I digress...
Tuck Everlasting is the story of a young girl, Winnie Foster, who's aching for an escape from her hum drum life when she meets the Tuck family, who harbor one very special secret. When she discovers what they've been hiding, she has to decide between living an ordinary, beautiful life and one that will go on forever.
I was so impressed by the elaborate sets, and of course the talent of the cast. The songs were lovely, and the last one in particularly really got me -- Without spoiling anything, Winnie makes the right decision. I cried as I watched this beautiful display of her life throughout the years, of celebration and loss and everything in between. Millie didn't quite pick up on some of the nuances of that particular scene, which was fine. She got a kick out of all the singing and dancing and the fact that another little girl was the lead character of the show.
When the musical ended, the lead actor, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, made an announcement that Natalie Babbitt was in the audience, and everyone gave her a standing ovation. How amazing it must have been for her to watch her own words translated into a Broadway show.
What a fun afternoon we had -- we highly recommend Tuck Everlasting!
Disclosure: While I was given tickets to attend this show, all opinions are my own.