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"Tuck Everlasting" musical aims for Broadway in 2016

"Tuck Everlasting" wants to live forever on Broadway.

The tale of a young girl who befriends a unique family that has gained eternal life has been turned into a musical and producers said Wednesday it will open on Broadway in April under the direction and choreography of Casey Nicholaw.

The musical is based on the popular 1975 children's book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt, which became a Disney film in 2002. It made its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta earlier this year.

The story is by Claudia Shear, a Tony Award-nominee for "Dirty Blonde," and has music by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen, who collaborated on "The Burnt Part Boys."

While no cast was announced for Broadway, the version in Atlanta starred Broadway veterans Fred Applegate, Carolee Carmello, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Terrence Mann.

Nicholaw, who is up for a Tony this year for directing "Something Rotten!," has also directed "Aladdin" and "The Drowsy Chaperone" and co-directed "The Book of Mormon."