May 14, 2014

The Addams Family


Everyone’s favorite dark family is parading its macabre members across the Clowes Memorial Hall stage in a national tour of The Addams Family musical. The instantly recognizable characters are all there; from Lurch’s slow gait to Uncle Fester’s giggle.  
 
In this latest rendition of the group, young Wednesday has fallen in love and is struggling to understand her new “sunny” disposition. Jennifer Fogarty’s plays the tempestuous girl and her powerful voice brings songs like “Pulled” to life. When her “normal” boyfriend is introduced it’s clear that everyone is embarrassed by their parents, no matter who they are.


The patriarch of the family, Gomez, is played by Jesse Sharp. Despite the family’s ghoulish tendencies, Gomez is a loyal husband and devoted dad. His biggest problem is when one of those roles conflicts with the other and he has to keep a secret from his seductive wife, Morticia (KeLeen Snowgren.) The two always seem able to tango their way through the issues with aplomb though.
 
There are certainly some filler numbers, like Uncle Fester’s silly love song “The Moon and Me” but the show never takes itself too seriously. There are continuous jokes about the fact that you’re watching a musical, which is a playful reminder to the audience to have fun with it. Don’t look for too much depth or a life-altering message. Instead embrace the goofiness and *snap snap* right along with the rest of the crowd.
 

Don't Miss the Show

The show runs until Sunday, May 18 at Clowes Memorial Hall so hurry to get tickets. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, Old National Centre (Murat Theatre), by calling (800)-982-2787 or online here. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Photos courtesy of Broadway Across America

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