By Kenneth Jones
15 Sep 2011
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Rehearsals for the launch of the show began Aug. 8. The extended clan and invited guests populating the show are played by Tony Award nominee Martin Vidnovic (Brigadoon, 1979's Oklahoma!) as Mal Beineke, two-time Tony Award nominee Crista Moore (Gypsy, Big) as Alice Beineke, Blake Hammond (The Music Man) as Uncle Fester, Pippa Pearthree as Grandma, Tom Corbeil as Lurch, Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Brian Justin Crum as Lucas Beineke and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday.
Sills is a Tony Award nominee for The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Sara Gettelfinger, last seen on Broadway in A Free Man of Color, had the choice role of "Jolene" in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Portraying the ancestors are Ted Ely, Karla Garcia, Steve Geary, Victoria Huston-Elem, Patrick Oliver Jones, Lizzie Klemperer, Alexandra Matteo, Christy Morton, Brad Nacht, Rebecca Riker, Jonathan Ritter, Roland Rusinek, Geo Seery, Samantha Shafer and Jason Eric Testa.
The Addams Family, based on the macabre characters created by illustrator Charles Addams, 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.
The musical, which is still playing on Broadway (now starring Brooke Shields as Morticia), offers an original story not based on film or TV versions that featured the same characters: "Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents."
The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Acme Sound Partners and puppetry by Basil Twist. The production also features music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music direction by Valerie Gebert, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, dance arrangements by August Eriksmoen, hair design by Tom Watson, make-up design by Angelina Avallone and special effects design by Greg Meeh.
The Addams Family on tour is produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stuart Ditsky/AdamDitsky, Stephen Schuler, Eva Price, James L. Nederlander, Stephanie P. McClelland, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman/Deitch, Vivek Tiwary/Jamie deRoy/Carl Moellenberg and Mary Lu Roffe, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical. International productions have been announced for Brazil (March 2012) and Australia (March 2013) with others to be announced shortly.
For more information, visit www.theaddamsfamilymusicaltour.com.
Here's a partial list of the cities that the tour of The Addams Family will visit:
St. Louis, MO, Sept. 27-Oct. 9, The Fabulous Fox Theatre
Charlotte, NC, Oct. 11-16, Ovens Auditorium
Tampa, FL, Oct. 18-23, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Miami, FL, Oct. 25-30, Adrienne Arsht Center
Orlando, FL, Nov. 1-6, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
West Palm Beach, FL, Nov. 8-13, The Raymond Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Toronto, ON, Nov. 16-27, Toronto Centre for the Arts
Schenectady, NY, Nov. 29-Dec. 4, The Proctors Theatre
Buffalo, NY, Dec. 6-11, Shea's Performing Arts Center
Chicago, IL, Dec. 13, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012, The Cadillac Palace Theatre
Nashville, TN, Jan. 3-8, 2012, Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Houston, TX, Jan. 10-15, 2012, Hobby Center
Oklahoma City, OK, Jan. 17-22, 2012, Civic Center Music Hall
Tulsa, OK, Jan. 24-29, 2012, Chapman Music Hall
East Lansing, MI, Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2012
Boston, MA, Feb. 7-Feb. 19, 2012, Shubert Theatre
Hartford, CT, Feb. 21-26, 2012, The Bushnell
Durham, NC, Feb. 28-March 4, 2012, Durham Performing Arts Center
Baltimore, MD, March 6-18, 2012, Hippodrome Theatre
Providence, RI, March 20-25, 2012, Providence Performing Arts Center
Cincinnati, OH, March 27-April 8, 2012, Aronoff Center for the Arts - Proctor & Gamble Hall
Cleveland, OH, April 10-22, 2012, Palace Theatre
Memphis, TN, April 24-29, 2012, The Orpheum Theatre
Madison, WI, May 1-6, 2012, Overture Center
Saint Paul, MN, May 8-20, 2012, Ordway
Grand Rapids, MI, May 22-26, 2012, DeVos Performance Hall
San Diego, CA, May 29-June 3, 2012, Civic Theatre
Los Angeles, CA, June 5-17, 2012 Pantages Theatre
Washington, DC, July 10-29, 2012, The Kennedy Center - Opera House
Pittsburgh, PA, July 31-Aug. 12, 2012, The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Additional cities will be announced.