Charles Addams, the creator of the Addams Family cartoons, employed a unique artistic style to combine the perverse, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment. In doing so he entertained millions of people worldwide and gave them something to cherish. His work has spawned countless spin offs and adaptations, one of which is this musical.
The musical features an original story that takes the audience right in the midst of the Addams family. The plot basically revolves around a (grown up) Wednesday Addams’ newfound love for a sweet smart young man from a respectable, normal family. Obviously that is the worst nightmare for her father, Gomez. What makes things worse is that she confides in her father and begs that he does not tell anyone, not even her mother. Gomez Addams finds himself in the difficult situation of hiding things from his beloved wife Morticia, something he has never done before. Now the "normal" young boyfriend and his family are coming over for a Wednesday night "normal" dinner, and that is when the fun begins, for with the Addams Family, nothing is ever normal.
The book for the musical was written by Tony Award winners Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Both worked together on the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which won a Grammy Award, Olivier Award and four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Rick Elice also wrote the book for Peter and the Starcatcher, which received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Rick), and won five, which was more than any production this season.
The music and lyrics are a brainchild of Andrew Lippa, who received widespread recognition for his work on the Addams Family. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Original Score and received Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics. Lippa has won a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Wild Party.
The musical has been directed by Jerry Zaks, who is an established award winning director of numerous plays, movies and television programs. He is the winner of four Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, an Obie Award and two Outer Critics Circle Awards. He is also the recipient of Life Time Achievement Award for his work. Needless to say, he is one of the best at what he does.
The creative team behind the production is extremely experienced at providing the audience with quality entertainment. This production is no different and provides a wonderful mix of quality music and hilarious comedy. A musical for the entire family, this is one experience you should not miss out on. So buy The Addams family tickets now and come and watch these classic cartoon characters come to life.