The Addams Family – UK Tour

The Addams Family is a musical comedy, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his singlepanel gag cartoons, which depicts a American family with an affinity for all things macabre. In this stage produced by Aria Entertainment and directed by Matthew White, the Liverpool Empire Theatre audiences are treated to all things that go bump in the night, and a unique display of all things absurd.

The unconventional, upside-down world of the Addams family is turned on its head when a respectable boy wins over the once cold heart of now grown-up daughter, Wednesday Addams… which for them, really is the stuff of nightmares. Threatening to tarnish their frightful reputation and unique values, the introduction of the respectable Beineke clan, which comes to the forefront in one fateful, and insightful night, creating dismay for both families, but can they come to some
agreement?

Act one the audience were introduced to the infamous ghoulish family, as we watched the unconventional love story unfold. The audience are treated to all things that go bumps in the night, and a unique display of all things absurd. Secrets are kept, rules are broken, and a menacing and mischievous Pugsley, tries to sabotage his sister’s new venture, unbeknownst to lovestruck 18 year old Wednesday Addams, but would it be the kind of torture that he is after?

The story seemed to take a while to get where it needed to be at the beginning, feeling a little disjointed in parts, with the first half of the performance feeling very long. However act two picked up in pace, with a lot of catchy musical numbers, and even more nerve rattling moments between the battle of families. Further revelations, and a dramatic and highly entertaining sultry tango takes place between Morticia and Gomez, and then also a full scale, all cast, dance number in, ‘When you’re an Addams.’

The cast as a whole was very strong and the vocals sounded outstanding, especially in the big cast and ensemble numbers.
Cameron Blakely gave a stellar performance as Gomez Addams, definitely one of the stand-out characters. His dracula-esk presence commanded the stage and his smooth vocals and witty oneliners, such as “Wednesday is becoming more Thursday as the day goes on”, were equally as brilliant.

Morticia Addams swaying hips, slivering moves, and a desire for all things haunting. Her skilled Strictly dancing carried through in this production, a credit to Joanne Clifton.

Matt Slack did justice to the role demonstrating Uncle Festers kooky character, with his bizarre moonlight affiliation, which was highly comical throughout. Funny Fester interacted with the audience more than any other, making the production even more engaging, and provided a lot of the laughs.

Wednesday Addams, the bad girl turned good, had an incredible voice and made the role her own, a superb job by leading lady Kingsley Morton.

The Addams family musical comedy, represents a fun filled show that is full of catchy musical numbers and is suitable for all the family! Showing at The Liverpool Empire Theatre: Tuesday 08/03/22 – Saturday 12/03/22 and you can buy your tickets here: ATG Box Office

4 Stars

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Laura has a Masters in Performance from Liverpool Hope University.

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