The Addams Family ran on Broadway from April 2010 to December 2011. The musical was performed more than 700 times and starred Nathan Lane as “Gomez” and Bebe Neuwirth as “Morticia.” When you attend an Addams Family production by the U.S. touring company you’ll experience a slightly different show than the one that ran on the Great White Way. The touring version has a slightly different plot than its predecessor and a slightly different score. It also has new choreography.
If you didn’t see the musical when it ran on Broadway then the aforementioned alterations don’t mean much. Still, you should know that The Addams Family musical is not based on the television show or the movies. It’s based on the original single-panel cartoon by Charles Addams. This decision was made at the behest of The Addams Foundation who had final say on the show’s content. The musical was the first time The Addams Family was ever adopted for the stage.
The plot centers on a dinner hosted by the Addams family at their creepy mansion. During dinner, Wednesday Addams and her boyfriend Lucas Beineke announce their engagement. This leads to complications between Gomez and Morticia as well as Lucas’ parents, Mal and Alice. While the Addams embrace the macabre, their relationship is built on honesty. The Beinekes, who are supposed to be “normal,” have built their relationship on lies.
Besides the jokes and gags we’ve come to expect from any Addams Family vehicle, the musical also contains the beloved characters Uncle Fester, Grandma Addams, Pugsley, Thing, and Lurch.
The original Addams Family production received mixed reviews from critics. They applauded the cast, and laughed at all the jokes, but had few nice things to say about the rest of show. Keep in mind New York theatre critics seldom reflect the views of the general ticket buying public. Fans love The Addams Family. During its run, The Addams Family consistently played to packed houses. It’s not a groundbreaking show but it’s solid and thoroughly entertaining.