“Tuck Everlasting,” the tuner that had been targeting a Broadway run during the 2013-14 season before getting detoured, and the world preem of the musical adaptation of “Bull Durham” are among the titles on tap for the 2014-15 season at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.
Both “Tuck,” directed by Casey Nicholaw (“Aladdin,” “The Book of Mormon”), and “Bull” have already attracted commercial attention, and Broadway industry types are poised to be watching both shows closely in their out-of-town runs.
Season will open with “Bull Durham,” based on the 1998 Kevin Costner-Susan Sarandon pic about a love triangle on a Minor League Baseball team. Ron Shelton, who wroted and directed the film, pens the book of the musical version with songs by contempo folk musician Susan Werner. Kip Fagan, helmer of Off Broadway’s Vanessa Redgrave starrer “The Revisionist,” directs the show, lined up for a run Sept. 3-Oct. 5.
“Tuck Everlasting,” based on the 1975 YA novel about a young girl who meets a family of immortals, had been aiming to arrive on Broadway this season but last summer nixed a skedded out-of-town tryout in Boston, a decision attributed to the current Rialto real estate logjam. Now the show, with book by Claudia Shear (“Dirty Blonde”) and music by “The Burnt Part Boys” duo of composer Chris Miller and lyricist Nathan Tysen , has locked in an Alliance bow Jan. 21-Feb 22.
“Bull” and “Tuck” are two of the seven world premieres Alliance has lined up for the 2014-15 season. Roster also includes Pearl Cleage’s drama “Tell me My Dream,” a stage adaptation of “Native Guard” by poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, Phillip DePoy’s Southern Gothic tale “Edward Foote,” dance-theater outing “The C.A. Lyons Project” and “Courage,” billed as a “middle school dramatic experience.”
Productions of “Steel Magnolias,” “A Christmas Carol” and other titles also are on the list for the upcoming season.
Among U.S. regionals, Alliance is one of the regular candidates to host the premiere of musicals with big ambitions. Prior outings include early incarnations of “Aida,” “The Color Purple,” “Harmony” and the Stephen King-John Mellencamp musical “The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.”