Creepy, Kooky, And Full of Love – “The Addams Family” is Serious Fun
Everyone knows about the “Addams Family.” They’re “creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky” but, what you may not know is that they are the creation of an extremely talented cartoonist named Charles Addams. “The Addams Family” Broadway musical, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is based on Addams’ cartoons. Jerry Zaks directs, with original direction by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott, for Broadway in Richmond at the Landmark Theatre.
For the stage, Brickman and Elice center the musical around a romance between Wednesday Addams, played by Jennifer Fogarty, and a young man named Lucas Beineke, played by Bryan Welnicki, as they try to figure out how to tell their families that they are engaged. Naturally the families are quite different, as The Addams are as we all know a bit macabre with an affinity for torture devices, and the conservative Beineke family hail from Ohio.
As dark as the Addams are, there is a whole lot of love going on in and around this family. The most unconventional love story is between Uncle Fester, played by Shaun Rice, and the Moon, yes you read that right, the Moon. In Act II, Fester sings a lovely ballad to the Moon, “The Moon and Me,” that includes some very creative special effects. Even Grandma, played by Amanda Burton, admits during the Addams’ game “Full Disclosure” that she too, is looking for love.
Wednesday’s parents, Morticia, played by KeLeen Snowgren, and Gomez, played by Jesse Sharp, are possibly the most in love of everyone as it’s obvious how much they adore each other. We find out that Gomez has been sworn to secrecy by Wednesday until she can get up the nerve to tell her mother about her engagement. But, when the Beineke family comes to visit, Morticia finds out that Gomez has been keeping this secret from her and vows to leave. She expresses her sadness in “Just Around the Corner” referring to death of course.
The entire cast in this production is extremely talented, but especially Fogarty and Rice. Fogarty has such a powerful voice and her facial expressions are on point for Wednesday. Rice, as Fester, acts as narrator throughout and uses his undeniable charm to connect with the audience. Sharp is one of the best Gomez’s I’ve ever seen, falling into the role of the Latin lover with ease.
“The Addams Family” is at the Landmark Theatre through February 8th.
www.broadwayinrichmond.com for information
Jen Maciulewicz is theatre critic for GAYRVA.com and is a Richmond local. Jen attended VCU and holds a B.S. in Anthropology. She has starred as Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes" and attended VCU’s School of Music. Follow Jen on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jenlaumac.
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