PLAYBILL PICKS: The Top Theatre Stories of 2011 From Spider-Man to Sondheim to Site-Specific Shows

By Robert Simonson
23 Dec 2011

Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger in The Addams Family tour
photo by Jeremy Daniel

FAMILY THERAPY: The Addams Family didn't quite get the critical reception its creators expected when it opened on Broadway in 2010. So, when it was time to send the creepy, kooky clan off on the road, the show was overhauled (and Playbill got the exclusive in a sitdown with the director Jerry Zaks and producer Stuart Oken), getting a new central plot conflict, new or revised or reordered songs to replace old ones, fresh orchestrations and dance where necessary, and perhaps a little more sexual chemistry — but not involving a squid. Here's a Playbill magazine feature about Douglas Sills, who plays Gomez on the road.