By Andrew Gans
19 May 2011
The musical will be produced in Australia by Rodney Rigby and the producing team behind the Broadway production, which is led by Stuart Oken and Roy Furman, and with the support of Events New South Wales on behalf of the NSW Government.
New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell said in a statement, "Sydney and NSW is back in the business of attracting the finest in musical theatre – and there is more to come. Musical theatre is now taking centre stage on the NSW Events Calendar. We are seeing producers embrace our city for their shows which are becoming an essential part of the Sydney visitor experience."
The Addams Family opened at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in March 2010. In its 14 months on the Great White Way, the show has grossed more than $62 million.
The musical features a book by Jersey Boys co-writers 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. Lighting design is by Natasha Katz, sound design by Acme Sound Partners and puppetry by Basil Twist.
The Addams Family is produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Prods., Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary Lu Roffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Co./Clarence, LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.
The U.S. national tour will begin in September at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts in New Orleans. Plans for other international productions are currently underway.