Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Here Comes The Addams Family - There Goes the Neighborhood

The Company of The Addams Family. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Look who’s coming to the neighborhood! It’s The Addams Family in their Los Angeles premiere at the Pantages in Hollywood June 5 - 17. The Addams Family is a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams. In a prolific career spanning six decades, Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought him his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams’ drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.

The Addams Family features an original story and it's every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.


Douglas Sills
, a Tony Award® nominee for The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Sara Gettelfinger, last seen on Broadway in A Free Man of Color and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, star as Gomez and Morticia Addams.  Also featured in the cast are Tony Award® nominee Martin Vidnovic as Mal Beineke, Gaelen Gilliland as Alice Beineke, Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester, Pippa Pearthree as Grandma, Tom Corbeil as Lurch, Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Brian Justin Crum as Lucas Beineke and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday.

Rounding out the company are Ted Ely, Karla Garcia, Steve Geary, Victoria Huston-Elem,Patrick Oliver Jones, Lizzie Klemperer, Alexandra Matteo, Pilar Millhollen, Christy Morton, Brad Nacht, Jonathan Ritter, Roland Rusinek, Geo Seery, Samantha Shafer and Ethan Wexler.

The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch with production supervision by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

The musical has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission and is recommended for ages 7 and up. (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.) Orchestra level tickets start at just $25. For more information please visit www.TheAddamsFamilyMusicalTour.com. For tickets or more information about The Addams Family’s Los Angeles engagement, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website, www.BroadwayLA.org.

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