What is the first thing that springs to your mind when you think of the Addams Family?
Whether it’s the dry deathly demeanour of Wednesday Addams, the eerily passionate relationship between Morticia and Gomez or just the bizarre, uncanny values of this famous family, this musical has something for all long-standing Addams Family veterans.
This fun and edgy musical comedy follows the famously creepy family that have been delighting audiences for almost 80 years. Lover of all things macabre, Addams family creator Charles Addams was a regular cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine and introduced this celebrated clan of characters to the world in 1938. In 1964, television producer David Levy took them under his wing and adapted the characters for the TV series. After a 1991 big screen adaptation and the Broadway musical launch in 2010, the Addams Family have set foot on UK soil to a host of adoring fans up and down the country.
All of your favourite characters are here, and now they sing and dance too. The action centres around Wednesday and her (gasp) Romeo and Juliet style love story. Hilarity ensues as Wednesday invites her (infuriatingly) normal boyfriend and his family around for dinner, but of course one night with the Addams family is sure to be anything but normal…
Samantha Womack (best known for her role as Ronnie Mitchell in Eastenders) is deeply dark and sophisticated as Morticia Addams. The simmering on-stage chemistry between her and husband Gomez (Cameron Blakely) is both passionate and heart warming throughout. Blakely is hilarious as the Mamwell-style Gomez and is the provider of a great deal of the comedy throughout the show. His slap-stick moments, hilarious mannerisms and most of his solo numbers are real show-stealers.
Les Dennis, whose career has spanned over 45 years in the business is charming and loveable as Uncle Fester, who – at times -acts as both narrator and ring-leader to the mayhem that happens on stage. Whilst his character is not part of the main plot he sure has his own bizarre comedy moments (wait for Act 2!) and Dickon Gough is perfect as the Frankenstein’s monster-esque Lurch.
The stand-out performance however goes to Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday Addams, who plays a slightly different Wednesday than what people will remember from the original TV series and the film. This Wednesday is in love, but still has all the hallmarks of the macabre torture-loving teenager that we all know and love. Charlotte Page is also noteworthy as Alice Beinke, mother of love interest Lucas (Oliver Ormson).
The ensemble, their choreography – by Alistair David – and costumes are what make this show such a spectacle to watch. The ensemble (made up of the Addams family’s dead ancestors) are present throughout the entire show, eerily watching the action take place. The set by Diego Pitarch is spook-tacularly fit for purpose with just the right amount of creaking doors, moving pictures and grand staircases that create the perfect Victorian haunted mansion.
The book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice is hilarious and makes plenty of references to the satirically macabre nature of the Addams Family that we are so used to. The music directed by Andrew Hilton is catchy (there’s themes in there that you will recognise) and the different styles and musical genres make for an interesting and varied musical score.
This ferociously fun family musical is a treat for both hard-core and new Addams Family fans and is sure to delight even the most ‘normal’ of musical theatre lovers.
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