Lippa Sings a Bonus Track for Digital Release of Addams Family Album

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16 Jun 2010

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A bonus track for the cast album of The Addams Family has emerged on the iTunes digital music service.

The Broadway show's Tony Award-nominated composer-lyricst Andrew Lippa sings "Not Today" as a piano-vocal track. The song was written for the musical but not used.

Lippa told Playbill.com, "'Not Today' was my first attempt at writing a solo for Gomez. Originally, I thought he should be all fiery and indignant when Morticia tells him she won't 'tango' with him today. It became clear at our first reading that this posture was too outsized for the moment and the character, and — worse — it focused on the negative.

"So, I wrote a funny patter song called 'Defunct! Deflated! And Scorned!' where Gomez asserts that the miseries and woes of history (The Titanic, the Civil War, etc.) were nothing compared to his current dilemma. Again, a fun song that, unfortunately, focused on what didn't happen instead of what was happening.

"Back to the drawing board, and I wrote 'Think Like a Woman' — a song where Gomez tries on the guise of a girl in order to better predict his wife's behavior. The result? You guessed it. Negative.



"Finally, I realized that Gomez, even in despair, would focus on what was wonderful about his wife. Thus, the song 'Morticia' was born. In it, Gomez extols the macabre virtues of his delightfully morbid wife: 'The wind that makes a window creak/The mist inside the word 'mystique'/Morticia.' It fit! And suddenly Gomez had a perfect song to suffer in. His wife thwarts him, yes, but he still revels in his love for her. How wonderfully Addams!"

The cast recording of Broadway's The Addams Family was released by Decca Broadway in stores and via digital music services on June 8. The 21-track album is produced by Lippa (The Wild Party, jon and jen). Decca Theatricals is one of the producers of the musical.

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The recording package includes color production photos, synopsis, complete lyrics, a note by co-librettist Marshall Brickman and an illustration by the late Charles Addams.

The company haunted a Manhattan recording studio on April 19 to create the cast album. The new Broadway musical The Addams Family, inspired by the cartoon characters created by Charles Addams, opened April 8 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Two-time Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth star as the darkness-loving heads-of-household Gomez and Morticia, respectively. The show features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (librettists of the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys).

Critics did not embrace the show, but audiences have. The musical has been bringing in more than $1 million a week at the box office.

The show's music director is Mary-Mitchell Campbell. The production features orchestrations by Larry Hochman (Monty Python's Spamalot) and dance arrangements by August Eriksmoen (Memphis).

The track listing for the album follows:

ACT ONE

"Addams Family Theme"
Overture
"When You're an Addams"
"Pulled"
"Where Did We Go Wrong?"
"One Normal Night"
"Morticia"
"What If"
Full Disclosure"
"Waiting"
"Full Disclosure" – Part 2

ACT TWO

Entr'acte
"Just Around the Corner"
"The Moon and Me"
"Happy/Sad"
"Crazier Than You"
"Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love"
"In the Arms"
"Live Before We Die"
"Tango de Amor"
"Move Toward the Darkness"

Listen to samples from The Addams Family cast recording here.

"When You're an Addams"

 

"Just Around the Corner"

 

"Crazier Than You"

 

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The Addams Family marks the launch of Decca Theatricals, Decca's first major venture as a Broadway producer. Its recording division, Decca Broadway, is billed as the world's largest producer of Broadway cast albums. The catalog includes everything from the original Oklahoma! (1943) and Carousel (1945), to such recent releases as the Grammy Award-winning Wicked and Mamma Mia! (cast album and film soundtrack), as well additional Grammy-Award winners Spring Awakening and Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Of the venture, chairman of Decca Label Group Christopher Roberts stated, "Our new division, Decca Theatricals, is an exciting expansion of our operations. It now affords us the opportunity to become financial supporters and full time participants in theatre, and extend our creative expertise beyond just cast recordings."

The Addams Family also stars two-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann as Mal Beineke, two-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello as Alice Beineke, two-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandmama, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley, Wesley Taylor as Lucas Beineke and Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday.

For more information, visit www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com.