The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy 9- Miami Premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center Oct 25-30, 2011

Originally created by famed cartoonist Charles Addams, The Addams family first appeared in The New Yorker Magazine between 1938 and 1988, the year of Addams death. The debut of the incredibly popular television series hit the airwaves in 1964 and ran to 1966. Starring John Austin as Gomez and Carolyn Jones as Morticia, they brought American audiences into their wildly dark mansion and introduced us to their very colorful family. Though the original black and white series was an international hit it wasn’t until Hollywood came knocking and cast the big screen version in 1991 directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring the beloved Raul Julia was Gomez and legendary actress Angelica Huston as Morticia. Of course none one could forget Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester, Judith Malina as Granny, Christina Ricci as Wednesday, Jimmy Workman as Pugsley, Christopher Hart as Thing, and John Franklin as Cousin It. The originally film also spawned a sequel “Addams Family Values” which released in 1993.

The national tour is making its Miami Premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts October 25-30, 2011 just in time for the Halloween season. Joining the cast are Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills as Gomez and Sara Gettelfinger as Morticia are Tony Award nominee Martin Vidnovic as Mal Beineke, two-time Tony Award nominee Crista Moore as Alice Beineke, Pippa Pearthree as Grandma, Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester, Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Tom Corbell as Lurch, Brian Justin Crum as Lucas Beineke and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday.

The Addams Family musical features an original story that is a universal father nightmare. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a smart, sweet young man from a respectable family. Not exactly the dark soul Gomez was hoping would steal his daughter’s heart. To make matters worse Wednesday begs him not to tell her mother. This leaves Gomez in an impossible situation: for the first time in his life he has to keep a secret from his wife. Change is in the air as the whole family hosts a dinner one fateful night for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Laughter, musical and wonderful mayhem ensue.

The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (costumes and sets) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, with creative consultation by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trullio. The production features sound design by Acme Sound Partners, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and puppetry by Basis Twist.

The Addams family is scheduled to open the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Broadway in Miami 2011-2012 season, with performances from October 25-30, 2011. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305)949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.

If your in the mood for a wonderfully wicked Halloween good time what better way to ring in the season with a night with the Addams Family.

Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.


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