Goodbye, Gomez: Nathan Lane Among Addams Family Actors Exiting Broadway Musical March 6

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06 Mar 2011

Kevin Chamberlin, Terrence Mann and Nathan Lane
Kevin Chamberlin, Terrence Mann and Nathan Lane
Photo by Joan Marcus

The mansion of Broadway's The Addams Family gets de-populated, but not for long, after the March 6 matinee at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Nathan Lane, Kevin Chamberlin, Carolee Carmello, Terrence Mann, Krysta Rodriguez and Wesley Taylor leave at the end of their contracts.

Pouring through the door starting on March 8 will be replacements Heidi Blickenstaff (as Alice Beineke, the Carmello role), Adam Grupper (Mal Beineke, created by Mann), The Producers Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar (Fester, created by Chamberlin, who was Tony-nominated for his turn), Rachel Potter (Wednesday, created by Rodriguez) and Jesse Swenson (Lucas Beineke, Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend, created by Taylor).

Merwin Foard, the production's standby for Lane's Gomez, will play the patriarch of the macabre clan until Tony Award winner Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby, "Cheers," "The West Wing") steps into the part on March 22. (Rees is currently co-director of Off-Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher, opening March 9.)

Continuing in the roles they originated are Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley Addams and Jackie Hoffman as Grandma.

Based on the darkly comic family of characters created by legendary 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.

Read the recent Diva Talk column interview with Blickenstaff, who is best known for [title of show].

A national touring company of The Addams Family will premiere in New Orleans in September of this year. Several international productions are planned and will be announced shortly.

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