Albany High School graduate starring in Broadway play in NYC

NEW YORK CITY (NEWS10) – What would you do if you could live forever? That’s the question behind the new Broadway show “Tuck Everlasting.”

NEWS10 ABC’s Heather Kovar introduced us to one of its local stars, a three-time Tony Award nominee.

If the traffic and crowds and prices of NYC don’t really entice you, here is a reason to head to a Broadway show anyway: One of the stars of the new “Tuck Everlasting” is an Albany High grad, as well as two of the producers.


‘Tuck Everlasting’ is Carolee Carmello’s 14th Broadway show. The self-described Albany girl showed NEWS10 her dressing room at the Broadhurst Theater on 44th, as well as some of her costumes.

Tuck Everlasting is based on a favorite childhood book, and begins in 1808.

“I play Mae Tuck in the Tuck family who has become immortal because of this magical spring they found in the forest,” said Carolee Carmello.

It’s musical, and the story is about a young girl who stumbles upon this family in the woods and is faced with whether or not she should drink the water.

“It brings up lots of questions for everybody in the audience. If you had the chance to live forever, would you want to?” said Carmello.

She was born and raised in Albany right near the Madison Theater and went to public schools in Albany, Albany HS, went to SUNY Albany for business administration and ended up pursuing a career in theater.

She says she only started theater in college as a hobby.

“I did some musicals in the cafeteria of Dutch quad at SUNY Albany, I did some community theater, I did a show with Schenectady Light Opera at Proctors,” Carmello explained.

She says she “got the bug” one summer at the Lake George Dinner Theater. She’s already in the Proctors and Albany High Hall of Fame.

As her Broadway career continues with Tuck Everlasting, she’s working with two other Albany High grads, producer team Howard and Janet Kagan.

The show is in previews now and April 26 is the official opening night!

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