Brad Oscar Is Uncle Fester, One of Several Newcomers to The Addams Family, Starting March 8

News   Brad Oscar Is Uncle Fester, One of Several Newcomers to The Addams Family, Starting March 8
 
The mansion of Broadway's The Addams Family gets fresh blood March 8 in the form of new cast members, including Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar, Franz of The Producers, as Uncle Fester.

Brad Oscar joins the cast of Spamalot
Brad Oscar joins the cast of Spamalot Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Oscar replaces Kevin Chamberlin as the ghoulish and charming Fester in the musical comedy inspired by macabre characters created by illustrator Charles Addams. The show plays Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Also starting March 8: Heidi Blickenstaff (as outsider Alice Beineke, created by Carolee Carmello), Adam Grupper (as starchy husband Mal Beineke, created by Terrence Mann), Rachel Potter (Wednesday, created by Krysta Rodriguez) and Jesse Swenson (Lucas Beineke, Wednesday's "normal" new boyfriend, created by Wesley Taylor).

Nathan Lane and Chamberlin, Carmello, Mann, Rodriguez and Taylor left the show March 6, at the end of their contracts. Merwin Foard, the production's standby for Lane's Gomez, plays the patriarch of the clan until March 22, when Tony Award winner Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby, "Cheers," "The West Wing") steps into the part.

Continuing in the roles they originated are Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley Addams and Jackie Hoffman as Grandma.

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 creative consultation by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Read the recent Playbill.com Diva Talk column interview with Blickenstaff, who is best known for [title of show].

A national touring company of Addams Family will premiere in New Orleans in September of this year. Several international productions are planned and will be announced shortly.

For more information, visit www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com.

Jesse Swenson, Heidi Blickenstaff and Adam Grupper
Jesse Swenson, Heidi Blickenstaff and Adam Grupper Photo by Jeremy Daniel
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