By Matthew Blank
17 Jun 2011
In a statement Shields said, "I am delighted to be joining The Addams Family this summer. When the producers asked me to come see the show a few months ago, I found it to be wonderfully entertaining, funny, clever and even touching, and I knew immediately that I wanted to be the next Morticia, following the amazing Bebe Neuwirth. I can't wait to join Roger and the wonderful cast."
Shields has also been seen on Broadway in Wonderful Town, Chicago and Cabaret. She made her Broadway debut in 1994 as Rizzo in Grease, for which she won a Theatre World Award. She is currently starring in the new play Girls Talk at the Lee Strasberg Theater.Here is a first look at Shields in character:
Based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, 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. Lighting design is by Natasha Katz, sound design is by Acme Sound Partners and puppetry is by Basil Twist.
The cast currently features Tony Award winner Roger Rees as Gomez, two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Brad Oscar as Fester, Rachel Potter as Wednesday, Jackie Hoffman as Grandma, Zachary James as Lurch, Heidi Blickenstaff as Alice Beineke, Adam Grupper as Mal Beineke and Jesse Swenson as Lucas Beineke.
For more information visit www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com.