A Pre-Broadway Cover Story: The Addams Family

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Prior to its scheduled spring Broadway bow, the musical adaptation of The Addams Family begins an out-of-town tryout Nov. 13 at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre.

The show features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa. Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch of Shockheaded Peter fame direct the show and design the creepy, kooky world of Charles Addams' beloved characters.

The producers have characterized the new story this way: "Storm clouds are gathering over the Addams Family manse. Daughter Wednesday, now 18, is experiencing a sensation that surprises and disgusts her — caring about another person. Young Pugsley, jealous of his sister's attention, begs her to keep torturing him, severely, while mother Morticia, conflicted over her daughter's lurch into womanhood, fears being upstaged and discarded...like yesterday's road kill. All the while, father Gomez — master of the revels, mischievous and oblivious as ever — would prefer everything and everyone remain as it is. But when outsiders come to dinner, the events of one night will change forever this famously macabre family — a family so very different from your own...or maybe not."

The starry cast features Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley, Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday, Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandmama, Wesley Taylor as Lucas Beineke, Terrence Mann as Mal Beineke and Carolee Carmello as Alice Beineke.

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