Arlene Scanlan’s “Everlasting” Show

Immortality is not all it’s cracked up to be.

That’s the premise of “Tuck Everlasting.” Since 1975, the children’s book — and 2 films that followed — have captivated audiences of all ages.

This month, the curtain rises for previews of “Tuck Everlasting: The Musical.” Yet the story might never have reached the Broadway stage without a woman from Westport.

Arlene Scanlan is the lead producer. This is her first time in charge. But it’s hardly her 1st production.

With a background in marketing and merchandising (her Westport-based firm, Moxie & Company, licenses Garfield and Peanuts characters) and a performing arts interest as a teenager (she went to New York’s Music and Arts High School, and Juilliard), producing seemed a natural next life step.

Arlene Scanlan

Arlene Scanlan

Scanlan’s initial venture — “On Golden Pond” in 2005, with James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams — was “scary and exciting.” Raising money — and meeting deadlines — is tough. But, she says, “at the same time you’re creating and building something that people see and enjoy.”

She also helped produce “Blood Spirit,” for which Angela Lansbury won a 2009 Tony. That was followed in 2010 by “La Cage aux Folles” and  2011’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Daniel Radcliffe’s success.

“I’m still learning,” Scanlan insists.

With “Tuck Everlasting” — working alongside director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (“Something Rotten!”, “Aladdin,” “Book of Mormon”) — she has learned “more than I ever dreamt. There’s so much detail involved with being a lead producer — everything from molding the show to developing an ad campaign.”

There is one similarity to all the shows she’s produced: “It never ends the way we started out.”

Scanlan has also enlisted a number of Westporters as fellow investors.

Tuck Everlasting musical“Tuck” earned rave reviews in Atlanta last year. But the show continues to evolve, a couple of weeks before its Broadway debut. “We’re coming close,” Scanlan says. “But we’re still refining it, keeping the momentum, creating excitement.”

Previews begin at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 31. Opening night is April 26.

The other day, she saw the show’s first ad, live on TV. It was one she’d helped approve.

“I can’t believe it’s here,” Scanlan says.

Immortality may not be great, as “Tuck Everlasting” teaches. But let’s hope Arlene Scanlan’s version of the show has a long and prosperous run.

7 responses to “Arlene Scanlan’s “Everlasting” Show

  1. Wishing Arlene lots of success–as a former longtime soccer player I’m reluctant to use the expression “break a leg”–and perhaps she has called upon Westport’s Broadway theatrical advertising veteran,Tommy Greenwald, in developing the ad campaign.

    • ha! have worked with arlene before, but sadly not on this one… she has my good pal tim federle helping out with the book — smart hire! break a leg arlene!

  2. David Squires

    So proud of my gal… All your hard work, dedication & passion will pay off.
    I’m thrilled to have seen the evolution of this classic work. Buckle-
    Up, it’s SHOW TIME!!!!

  3. Patricia McMahon

    A dear talented friend who I’m so proud of
    Best of luck babe!!!

  4. Wishing you great success! Arlene, we’ve seen your talent shine though….you are a wonderful friend and neighbor and we’ve watched how hard you’ve worked to get this show to Broadway. All the best to you and the cast!
    Joe and Beth

  5. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    The fable of Tuck seems perfect for the musical stage.
    Please keep true to its “stunning and perfectly underplayed finish” (Sheila Egoff, Only connect: readings on children’s literature, 1980.)

  6. Jessica Ross

    Wishing you great success! This is amazing news… Congrats.