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The Addams Family
A New Musical
(The Addams Family Musical Website)

Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth

Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
(Charles Addams Bio)

Also Starring: Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello,
Kevin Chamberlin

With: Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Adam Riegler,
Wesley Taylor, Krysta Rodriguez
And an Ensemble of Actors/Singers/Dancers
As The Addams Ancestors

Directed and Designed by:
Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Creative Consultant: Jerry Zaks

At the
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
205 West 46th Street

Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Sound Design: Acme Sound Partners
Puppetry by Basil Twist
Hair Design: Tom Watson
Makeup Design: Angelina Avallone
Special Effects: Gregory Meeh
Orchestrations: Larry Hochman
Music Director: Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Dance Arrangements: August Eriksmoen
Vocal Arrangements & Incidental Music:
Andrew Lippa
Casting: Telsey + Company
Press: The Publicity Office
Marketing: Type A Marketing
Music Coordinator: Michael Keller
Production Supervisor: Beverly Randolph
Production Management: Aurora Productions
General Management: 101 Productions, Ltd.

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 14, 2010

Just when we needed a real comedy, lighthearted and witty, something for tourists that New Yorkers can love, along come Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Andrew Lippa, and team, and The Addams Family comes to life on Broadway. After mixed reviews in Chicago, Jerry Zaks joins Director/Designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch to maximize the accomplished performances of none other than the endearing Nathan Lane-Bebe Neuwirth duo, two actors that rivet the eye and cheer the spirit. The scene is the Addams’ very ghostly abode in the midst of Manhattan, and Central Park, moonlit nights, and a family cemetery are but a few of the effectively eerie, but cleverly charming, onstage locales.

Nathan Lane, as the Latin-enhanced Gomez Addams, and Bebe Neuwirth, as his deadpan, sexy wife, learn of their daughter, Wednesday’s (Krysta Rodriguez) romance with Lucas Beineke (Wesley Taylor), whose family is decidedly Ohio-Mid-Western, All-American, apple pie-ish. Rounding out the Addams clan are Uncle Fester, the jolly Kevin Chamberlin, who sings to the moon, Grandma, the hilarious Jackie Hoffman in a rag-tag costume, Pugsley Addams (Adam Riegler), Wednesday’s cute kid brother, and Lurch (Zachary James), the deliciously devilish butler. Rounding out the Beinekes are father, Mal (Terrence Mann), a blustery guy in a suit, and mother, Alice (Carolee Carmello), who writes greeting card rhymes. An ensemble of Ancestors, that could fill, dances about their cemetery with live offspring to “When You’re an Addams”.

This opening act number sets the audience’s anticipation high, and we’re never disappointed. For two joyous acts, thanks to Sergio Trujillo’s inventive choreography and the Brickman-Rice-Lippa creative trio, we’re treated to Gomez and the male Ancestors singing “Morticia”, Wednesday and Lucas singing the youthfully entertaining “Crazier Than You”, and Morticia, Gomez, and Company singing and dancing “Tango de Amor”. Pugsley has his own solo, “What If”, and Uncle Fester sings “The Moon and Me” with the female Ancestors. The characters find “common ground”, amidst spooky nooks and dungeon-like crannies, in spite of competing, au courant quips, like “Ohio is a Swing State”, and “New Yorkers pay so much for rent, there’s nothing left for furniture”. Morticia and Gomez resolve issues in the bedroom, Wednesday and Lucas resolve family angst, and Mal and Alice come to terms with New York. Basil Twist’s giant oceanic puppets, that creep into crazy scenarios, are too cartoonish for words, and there’s even a dancing curtain tassel. Natasha Katz keeps the lighting a moonlit glow, and Sergio Trujillo’s understated choreography pulls music and momentum together on this busy stage. Kudos to Charles Addams who created this crew.

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