The Addams Family Musical Plans to Make Richmond Weird
The national tour of The Addams Family musical comedy will be making its way to the Landmark Theatre in RVA on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th. The tour, which was produced by Phoenix Entertainment, will be starring Jesse Sharp and Keleen Snowgren as Gomez and Morticia Addams.
The book for The Addams Family was written in 2007 by Marshall Brickman (The Muppet Show, Screenplay credit with Woody Allen for Sleeper and others) and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys ) with a musical score composed by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, John & Jen). The show is based off of the characters from American cartoonist Charles Addams’ original The Addams Family comic characters. The Addams Family was originally a series of single panel, satirical cartoons about a wealthy, macabre family. The fictitious family has since been adapted to television, film, and theatre.
In this musical adaptation, the Addamses are brought together by the engagement of Wednesday Addams, the daughter of Morticia and Gomez Addams. They are introduced to Lucas Beineke, Wednesday’s fiancé, and his parents, Alice and Mal. Tensions arise due to the familial differences (the Beinekes being normal, the Addamses being very abnormal) when the Beinekes are invited to dinner at the Addams’ Mansion.
“This show is an original story. It’s unlike the television series or the movies that everyone knows, but it’s based on the same family everyone knows and loves,” said Jennifer Fogarty, who plays Wednesday Addams. Chuckling, she added, “You can just imagine what happens: it’s chaotic and crazy because the Beinekes are so-called “normal”, and the Addams family, as everyone knows, is pretty silly and cooky and crazy.”
Fogarty continued by noting the differences between doing a tour of a show and doing one in the same theatre. “Oh boy, it’s so different. It’s super fun. It’s a different beat because, you know, you are always traveling, you’re living out of a suitcase, and you’re on the road all the time, going from city to city. It’s really different than doing a show for four weeks because then, you know, it becomes the same show every night for a similar audience. We are going to different cities, in which some of the people get the humor and some of them don’t—it just depends!”
Although The Addams Family national tour is over a year old, RVA can expects to see a few differences in the show. “You know, the fun part about doing this tour particularly is that we’ve been going for a year, and even a year into the show, we still find new quarks in the show, we find fun things to do to keep it really fresh for the audience,” said Fogarty.
Richmonders are strongly encouraged to see the show for a night full of hilarity and chaos from the innovated, macabre cast of The Addams Family National Tour.
The show will be having its Richmond premiere at the Landmark Theatre on Friday, February 7th with additional shows on February 8th. For ticket information, visit Broadway in Richmond.
Antony Shipman is a student at Bennington College, and is interning with GayRVA/RVA Mag for the months of January and February. Antony, who is relatively new to the world of journalism, is hoping to learn more about the business by working closely with the staff of GayRVA/RVA Mag. When not at work, Antony is likely to be found giving affection to a cat or sitting in his apartment with a book in his hands.
“Every season, we look forward to bringing the best of Broadway direct to Richmond and presenting all of these shows at the beautiful Altria Theater.”April 7, 2016
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