Addams Family's Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Andrew Lippa Donate Royalties from Philippine Production to Typhoon Relief

The Addams Family book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and Tony-nominated songwriter Andrew Lippa, along with licensing agent Theatrical Rights Worldwide, have donated royalties from the Philippine run of Addams Family to the Red Cross to assist in its relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Andrew Lippa
Andrew Lippa (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

The Addams Family Philippines cast members will give a special curtain call speech at the end of the Nov. 15 opening-night performance to ask audiences to join the relief campaign. The cast will be in the audience with Red Cross bags to take donations for immediate use by victims of the storm.

Typhoon Haiyan hit Nov. 8, killing thousands and leaving at least a half-a-million people displaced after having their homes destroyed. Many are in need of food, water, clothing and shelter. International humanitarian aid continues to pour into the country.

Rick and Andrew are generous, thoughtful and caring artists and I knew they would be enthusiastic
about helping to stem the human suffering throughout this difficult time for the people of the Philippines," said TRW president and CEO Steve
 Spiegel in a statement.

TRW's director of professional and international licensing, Sean Cercone, added, "Once in a while in this business we have an opportunity to reach out and help, and this is a time when we can see that borders and oceans may separate us, but this is one world. We're doing what we can."

The Manila production of The Addams Family includes Philippine actors Eula Valdes as Morticia and Arnell Ignacio as Gomez.

Ignacio said, "We are truly touched by the generosity of the writers of The Addams Family and Theatrical Rights Worldwide. It is heartwarming to see the world extend us a helping hand as we go through this gargantuan test to our nation. Maraming maraming salamat! (many, many thanks!)"

The production runs Nov. 15­-Dec. 1 at the Meralco Theater and is produced by Atlantis Productions.