Who's on the Wheel of Life? Meet the Full Cast of TUCK EVERLASTING, Opening Tonight on Broadway
TUCK EVERLASTING, the new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's beloved best-selling novel of the same name, with direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), officially opens tonight, April 26, 2016 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch highlights from the show!
The cast is led by three-time Tony Nominee Carolee Carmello as "Mae Tuck" (Finding Neverland), Outer Critics Circle nominee Andrew Keenan-Bolger as "Jesse Tuck" (Newsies), two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Park as "Angus Tuck" (How To Succeed...), three-time Tony Nominee Terrence Mann as "The Man in the Yellow Suit" (Pippin), Fred Applegate as "Constable Joe" (The Last Ship), Robert Lenzi as "Miles Tuck" (South Pacific), Michael Wartellaas "Hugo" (Wicked), Valerie Wright as "Mother" (Elf The Musical), Pippa Pearthree (Noises Off) as "Nana," and introducing 11-year-old Sarah Charles Lewis as "Winnie Foster."
Rounding out the cast is an ensemble of Timothy J. Alex, Sharrod Williams, Chloë Campbell, Callie Carter, Ben Cook, Elizabeth Margaret Crawford, Deanna Doyle, Brandon Espinoza, Lisa Gajda, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Christopher Gurr, Neil Haskell, Matt Meigs, Heather Parcells, Justin Patterson, Marco Schittone, Brooklyn Shuck, Jennifer Smith, and Kathy Voytko.
TUCK EVERLASTING, which debuted in 2015 at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, is brought to life in a sweeping production which features a book by Tony Award nominee Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde) and award-winning author Tim Federle (Better Nate Than Ever), music by Chris Miller(The Burnt Part Boys), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys), and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon).
If you could live forever, would you? Take a journey you'll never forget in this powerful new musical about love, family and living life to the fullest.
CAROLEE CARMELLO (Mae Tuck)
Broadway: Finding Neverland (Drama Desk nomination),Scandalous (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Sister Act, The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Mamma Mia!, Lestat (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1776, Parade (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award), Falsettos, City of Angels. Off-Broadway: Elegies, Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Hello Again, ...Wholesale, Das Barbecü, john and jen. TV: "Madam Secretary," "Law & Order: SVU," "Smash," "Frasier," "Remember W.E.N.N."
ANDREW KEENAN-BOLGER (Jesse Tuck)
Created the role of Crutchie in Newsies (Outer Critics Circle nominee). Broadway: Mary Poppins, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol. Nat'l Tours: Spelling Bee, The Grinch..., Mary Poppins, Ragtime. Theatre: Ever After, Family Furniture, Aladdin. Film: The Rewrite, Are You Joking?, Marci X. TV: "Nurse Jackie," "Looking," "Naked Brothers Band," "One Life to Live." B.F.A. University of Michigan. Co-creator of the webseries "Submissions Only" and the children's book series Jack & Louisa.
MICHAEL PARK (Angus Tuck)
Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Gooper), How to Succeed(Bratt), Carousel (Billy), Smokey Joe's Café (OC), Little Me(Lucky). Off-Broadway: Original Casts of Hello Again, Violet, Burnt Part Boys, Middletown. Also: Bloomer Girl, Applause Applause (Encores!), Three Penny Opera. Regional: Dear Evan Hansen at DC's Arena Stage; Tuck Everlasting. TV: "As The World Turns" (Emmy Award), "House of Cards", "The Good Wife", "Chicago PD", "Peter Pan Live!", "The Sound of Music Live".
TERRENCE MANN (Man in the Yellow Suit)
Broadway: Pippin (Charles, Tony nomination), Beauty and the Beast (Beast, Tony nom.), LES MISERABLES (Javert, Tony nom.),Finding Neverland (Charles Frohman/Hook), Cats (Rum Tum Tugger), Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), Addams Family (Mal Beineke), Rocky Horror Show (Frank'N'Furter), Christmas Carol(Scrooge). Off-Broadway: Assassins (Leon Czolgosz). TV/Film: "sense8" (Mr. Whispers), "Dresden Files" (Bob), "Mrs Santa Claus" (Tavish), "As the World Turns" (Emmy nomination), A Chorus Line (Larry), Critters. Artistic director Triple Arts Musical Theatre Intensive. Endowed chair of musical theatre at Western Carolina University.
FRED APPLEGATE (Constable Joe)
Broadway: Wicked, The Last Ship, Sister Act, La Cage, Young Frankenstein, The Producers (NY/London), Sound of Music. Tours: Anything Goes, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast. Happiness (Lincoln Center), Fanny! (Encores). Regional: Long Wharf, Mark Taper (4 plays), St Louis Rep, Oregon Contemporary Theater, The Guthrie (Artist in Residence, 11 plays). Television: 11 pilots, 5 series, 3 recurring roles, over 150 episodes. Married to Cherie Sprosty, a Catholic liturgist: children Ben, Meredith and Ethan.
ROBERT LENZI (Miles Tuck)
Broadway: South Pacific. Off-Broadway: Dogfight, Hello Again. Regional: Tuck Everlasting, Road Show, Into the Woods. Film/TV:The Last Airbender, Sex and the City 2, The Happening, The Village, "Deception", "Blue Bloods", "One Life to Live", "Clubhouse". BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University. Love to Mom, Dad, and my Broadway neighbor Krystina.
MICHAEL WARTELLA (Hugo)
Broadway: Wicked. Off-Broadway: RENT, The Kid (The New Group), Regional: Chasing Rainbows (Flat Rock), Midsummer, A Prayer for Owen Meany (DCTC), Oliver Twist (co-production with A.R.T, Berkeley Rep, and TFANA). Film/TV: Blood Night, "Mysteries of Laura", Loving Leah. Love to Hunter and April!
VALERIE WRIGHT (Mother)
This is Valerie's eighth Broadway show. She has appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, many national tours, and a great deal of regional theater. Visit Valerie's new dance studio atBrooklyn Center Stage. Married to actor Mark Lotito; proud mom to Luca and Giovanni!
PIPPA PEARTHREE (Nana)
B'way: Noises Off, You Can't Take It With You, Boeing, Boeing, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?. Off B'way - The Dining Room; American Days, The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs, Hamlet, Aunt Dan and Lemon. Film/TV- "Mrs. Soffel", "Village of the Damned", "The Hurricane", "Law and Order", "House of Cards", "Buffalo Bill".
SARAH CHARLES LEWIS (Winnie Foster)
Lewis, eleven, is thrilled to make her Broadway debut originating the role of Winnie! Sarah earned the BroadwayWorld Regional Award and a Suzi Bass Nomination for "Best Actress in a Musical" in the Alliance Theatre's (Atlanta) world premiere of Tuck Everlasting. Sarah thanks the creative team, incredible cast, and producers for believing in her! Hugs to RISPA, BDF, Alliance, Atlanta-Lyric, Carson-Adler, friends and family for their love and support. A dream come true!
TIMOTHY J. ALEX (Ensemble)
Broadway: Motown, Elf, How To Succeed, Pal Joey, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Man of La Mancha, Sweet Smell Of Success, Chicago, Titanic, Ragtime, Fosse, Sunset Boulevard. Media: "Dancing with the Stars", GTA IV, and Voice-Over Actor.
CHLOË CAMPBELL (Ensemble)
Broadway Debut. From London, UK. Favorite Shows: Mary Poppins, Shoes, In The Heights, ADM 21C, Can-Can. Thank you mum for your beautiful heart. Grateful for the love of Kyle, Lewis, Dad and my Besties. Dreams come true! Galatians 6:9.
CALLIE CARTER (Swing/Dance Captain)
Broadway: Evita, Elf, Rock Of Ages, Curtains, Spamalot, 42nd Street. Other: Radio City Rockettes (NYC); Most Happy Fella, Juno (Encores); The Miraculous Year (HBO). Many thanks to Casey and crew. All my love for Jon, Max and Katherine.
BEN COOK (Ensemble)
Broadway: Billy Elliot, Ragtime. National tours: Newsies, Billy Elliot. Regional: Kennedy Center, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Ford's Theatre. TV: "30 Rock", "Veep", "House of Cards". Big thanks to my parents, siblings, MSA, CESD and everyone supporting me through this wonderful journey. Keep the light!
ELIZABETH MARGARET CRAWFORD (Standby for Winnie Foster)
is ecstatic to make her Broadway debut in Tuck Everlasting! National Tour: Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Love to Mom, Dad, Robert, Benjamin, Charlotte, Katherine, family and friends. Thanks to Kim Pedell, Barry Kolker, Doug Jabara, Denise Simon and Eva Kendrick.
DEANNA DOYLE (Ensemble)
Fourth generation performer, starting with her vaudevillian great-great-aunts. NY/Broadway: Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry), On Your Toes, Metropolitan Opera. Regional: On Your Toes (Vera), Barrington Stage's On the Town (Ivy Smith). National commercials: Twix, Tide. For Grandmother.
BRANDON ESPINOZA (Ensemble)
Broadway: Gypsy, Big, LES MISERABLES, Will Rogers Follies. Off-Broadway: Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), Substitution (Playwrights Realm), Tea and Sympathy (Keen Company). TV: "The Mysteries of Laura", "The Following", "The Leftovers", "Elementary", "The Carrie Diaries", "I Love You, But I Lied".
LISA GAJDA (Ensemble)
This is Lisa's 18th Broadway show. Special thanks to Toni, Alma, and Iris for making this one possible. Lisa is proud to be Casey Nicholaw's muse and beside herself with joy over being Brian Maiolo's wife and Luca Maiolo's mother.
JESSICA LEE GOLDYN (Ensemble)
Broadway/NY: A Chorus Line (Val/Cassie), Finding Neverland, On The Town (Ivy Smith) City Center Encores! National Tour:Fosse. TV/Film: Every Little Step, "Smash." For Aunt D, Uncle Bob, Ashley, Brittany, Mom, Dad, Sam, Allie, Jesse, Bri & Gram.
CHRISTOPHER GURR (Swing)
Broadway: Kinky Boots, Amazing Grace, All The Way. National Tours: Memphis, Spamalot. TV: "Madam Secretary." Thanks to BRS/Gage, the gang at Telsey, and Casey, Tara, Todd, and Peter for finding me in the first place ten years ago. AEA proud.
NEIL HASKELL (Ensemble)
Broadway: Hamilton, Bring It On (Steven), Cinderella, 9 to 5, The Times They Are A-Changin'. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Luke). TV/Film: "Glee", "So You Think You Can Dance", Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, The American Mall, Going The Distance. Thanks and love to my family!
MATT MEIGS (Swing/Assistant Dance Captain)
Broadway - Matilda. Las Vegas - Rock of Ages (Franz). National Tour - Mary Poppins. Proud graduate of Elon University. Endless love and thanks to family, friends, DGRW, Casey, and team. For Grandaddy. You taught me how to laugh.
HEATHER PARCELLS (Swing)
Broadway: Finding Neverland; A Chorus Line (Judy Turner/original revival cast); Wonderland; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Soul Doctor. Tours: Chicago (Velma); Thoroughly Modern Millie; Some Like It Hot. Thanks KMR & Telsey. Love to Matt & family.
JUSTIN PATTERSON (Ensemble)
Broadway: All Shook Up, Young Frankenstein, 9 to 5, A Little Night Music, Memphis, Annie. National Tours: Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof. TV: "Person of Interest", "Boardwalk Empire", "Ugly Betty". Thanks HCA and Telsey Co! Love to H, H, E, and family!
MARCO SCHITTONE (Ensemble)
Marco is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in Tuck Everlasting. Coming from his home in Atlanta, GA, Marco's notable theatre work includes: The Alliance Theatre's world premiere of Tuck Everlasting and LES MISERABLES. TV/Film: "Sleepy Hollow".
BROOKLYN SHUCK (Understudy)
Brooklyn made her Broadway debut at the age of seven in Annie(Kate) and recently played Matilda on Broadway. Other performances: Beaches (Young Bertie/Nina), Randy Newman'sFaust (Angel Child). Much love to God, my family, Nancy Carson and Peggy Stamps.
JENNIFER SMITH (Ensemble)
14 Broadway shows including original companies of La Cage, The Producers, Secret Garden, Drowsy Chaperone and Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Recent film and television: "Deadbeat", The Skeleton Twins and "High Maintenance". Lubbock, Texas native. Texas Tech Graduate.
KATHY VOYTKO (Ensemble)
Broadway: A Gentleman's Guide..., Oklahoma!, Nine, The Frogs, The Pirate Queen, Next to Normal. Tours: Evita, Phantom of the Opera. Proud wife of John Cudia, proud mom of Alena and Evelyn, and proud AEA member! Thank you, magical Tuck Everlasting family!
SHARROD WILLIAMS (Ensemble)
Broadway debut! Tours: Bring It On, A Chorus Line. Regional:Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast (MUNY), Cats, Wizard of Oz, Cabaret. TV/film: "Law & Order: SVU," "Happy, Yummy, Chicken." BFA, Montclair State. Thankful to God, my parents, blocNYC, KG, the Tuck team and Telsey!