Follow Us  
The Addams Family - A Rollicking Walk on the Dark Side of Broadway
Post Feedback | Printer-Friendly | Send Article to a Friend
May 18, 2010 - by Linda Tagliaferro

Featured Listings
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Photos Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House· A sophisticated, elegant steakhouse with generous portions o...

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Photos Guy's American Kitchen and Bar· Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant...

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Photos Da Marcella· A Mediterranean taverna in the Theater District...

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Photos Lucille's Bar & Grill at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill· One of New York's newest and most exciting nightclubs with l...

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Photos La Rivista featuring Broadway Joe Steak· Celebrity and sports hangout serving some of the best prime ...

So you think your family’s weird? Your most eccentric aunts and uncles can’t compare with the Addams family. From their butler Lurch, who’s been dead many years, to the tentacle-waving giant squid they harbor in their basement, to Grandma and her plethora of potions left over from her Woodstock days, The Addams Family combines hilarious one-liners with dark humor, vibrant songs and high-flying dances -- all against a backdrop of exquisite scenery and dazzling special effects.

The ghoulishly funny Broadway show boasts a star-studded cast. Tony winner Nathan Lane (The Producers) shines as suave, debonair, slightly sleazy Gomez who describes the neckline of his wife’s dress as “plunging all the way to Venezuela.” His fabulous over-the-top tango with the love of his life, Morticia, gives a whole new meaning to “sensuous.”

Meanwhile, Bebe Neuwirth’s reed-thin Morticia seems to float across the stage as she delivers one pleasingly dark punch line after another in a floor-length black gown that appears almost painted on her body. Neuwirth, who garnered Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards for her performance in Chicago in 1997, shows off some of her best moves in The Addams Family’s fast-paced song-and-dance numbers -- including one where she struts her stuff together alongside a scythe-twirling grim reaper and assorted ghouls.

Kevin Chamberlin (two-time Tony Award nominee) charms the audience as Uncle Fester. The actor beams when he sings a love song to the huge, bright yellow moon suspended in the background.

“Fester has a childlike playfulness about him...he finds glee in everything,” he explains, adding, “It helps that there’s so much high energy in the performances. And everyone in the cast is so funny. I’ve worked with Bebe and Nathan before, and rehearsals were just hysterical. We crack each other up on stage sometimes.”

From the very start, audiences realize they’re in for a not-so-typical Broadway experience as an unseen announcer explains that instruments of torture and the use of flamethrowers are forbidden in the theater, “but strongly encouraged during intermission.”

The “spirit” (pun intended!) of the show derives from the dark humor of legendary cartoonist Charles Addams. His oddly lovable drawings of humorously macabre characters delighted readers of The New Yorker for many decades -- well before they were given actual names and before the TV series debuted in 1964. (The names were so ensconced in the popular culture that they appeared again in the two Addams Family movies during the early ’90s and, obviously, made it to Broadway.)

With songs and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, the numbers in The Addams Family musical are so vibrant that they literally wake a troupe of ghosts that spring from the family crypt to perform the twist, the bunny hop and other lively dances. “They may be dead,” Gomez quips about his deceased ancestors, “but they still have rhythm.”

The show’s plot revolves around crossbow-toting daughter Wednesday’s (Krysta Rodriguez) first romantic relationship. As Gomez ponders where the years have gone, he observes she’s growing up so fast before long, “She’ll be Thursday.”

Having met the love of her young life while shooting pigeons for sport in Central Park, she begs her family of eccentrics to “act normal” when they will meet her boyfriend Lucas Beinecke’s (Wesley Taylor) staid Ohio parents (played by Tony nominees Terrence Mann and Carolee Carmello). Needless to say, the result is a gloriously hilarious night of clashing quirks and skewered values.

“One of the hardest things these days is to make an entire audience laugh... [T]here are 10-year-olds and 80-year-olds in the audience,” Chamberlin observes, adding that while tickling the funny bones of such a wide age range is a challenge, “this show really does it!”

The Addams Family is currently playing at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 W. 46th St.). For reservations, call 212-575-9200 or click here.


Archives:

Related Articles
Most Popular Articles on CGNY
   ACTIVITY PLANNER
Arrival:
Click Here to open the calendar
Departure:
Click Here to open the calendar
Category:
 

Theater Listings

JUMP TO CITYGUIDE LISTINGS

 · Theater
 · Culture/Museums
 · Sightseeing
 · Galleries

 · Nightlife
 · Family Fun
 · Places to Eat
 · Shopping in NYC

 · Activity Planner
 · Discounts
 · Hotels
 · Maps


 Advertising |  Add a Calendar Event |  Bookmarks |  Company News |  Contact Us | Jobs @ City Guide
 Suggest a Listing

 For More Content Visit: Concierge Choice Awards | Promenade Magazine | NY Metro Parents Magazine
Bar Bat Mitzvah Book | NYC Activities | NYC Dining | NYC Discounts | NYC Events
NYC Museums | NYC Shopping | NYC Theater

Contact us. All Materials Copyright 2014 Davler Media Group, LLC
View Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

NBA Store - $10 Gift Card With Spalding Basketball Purchase
Dave & Buster's Coupon - Times Square - New York City - Free $20 Game Play
HBO Shop Coupon - Buy More, Save More
Sony Store - Free Gift Card With $99+ Purchase
Click Here for More Discounts...
· The Best Live Music and Concert Venues in New York City
· This Week in NYC
· NYC Theater Notes: Priscilla in Pippin, Living on the Fringe & More
· Rock of Ages on Broadway: Nothin’ but a Good Time
· Yankee Stadium Tours: A True Blue Yankees Experience
· Himalayan Happy Hour Shop & Cafe - Rubin Museum of Art on July 23, 2014
· NYC Parks 2014: New Artwork, Spaces, Hidden Gems
· NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014 July 21-Aug. 15
· Yankee Stadium Offers 'Hands on History' July 19
· NBA Store - $10 Gift Card With Spalding Basketball Purchase
Click Here for More News...
Click below to contact our NYC Experts for suggestions on group activities & more:
Dining
Sightseeing
Nightlife
Theater 
Shopping
Transportation
buy tickets | find savings | set your itinerary
Chelsea
Chinatown
East Village
Financial District
Greenwich Village
Harlem
Little Italy
Lower East Side
Midtown East
Midtown West
Soho
Theater District
Times Square
Tribeca
Upper East Side
Upper West Side

LOGIN
 email:

password:


save
 Forgot Password?