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Broadway’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ to Close

Struggling at the box office and essentially shut out of the nominations for the Tony Awards, Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting” has proven fleeting, with producers announcing the show will close at the end of the month.

Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt, the all-ages tale of a girl who meets a family of immortals has had trouble attracting crowds since it began performances earlier this spring. The production earned some notable praise from critics, but even its fans touted the kind of unflashy, gentle pleasures that make for a hard sell on razzle-dazzle Broadway.

With songs by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (“The Burnt Part Boys”) and book by Claudia Shear (“Dirty Blonde”) and Tim Federle, “Tuck” represented something of a departure for director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw, whose other shows now running on Broadway — “The Book of Mormon,” “Aladdin,” “Something Rotten!” — are far more raucous musical comedies.

With a cast led by Andrew Keenan-Bolger (“Newsies”) and 11-year-old Sarah Charles Lewis, “Tuck Everlasting” earned only one nod (for the costumes by Gregg Barnes) from the Tony nominations. Produced by Grove Entertainment, the Broadway staging opened April 26 following an out-of-town tryout at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater last year.

Since the weekly grosses at “Tuck” never topped $350,000, the early closing likely represents a near-total loss of the production’s capitalization costs. But producers and investors can look to recoup some of that in subsequent regional productions around the country, where the show might catch on in the family market.

“Tuck Everlasting” closes at the Broadhurst Theater May 29.

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