In The Addams Family musical, America’s favorite ghoulish clan proves they’re creepier and kookier than ever. I originally saw the show at the Adrienne Arsht Center in 2011. I enjoyed it but the cast and crew currently touring with the show reset the bar at a whole new level.
Keleen Snowgren shines as Morticia Addams, the macabre matriarch of the demented Addams family. From her touching yet disturbing mothering scenes with her children to her sexy tango with hubby Gomez Addams, played by the comedically triumphant Jesse Sharp, The Addams Family musical is a hilariously gratifying tale of love, anger, deception and forgiveness that demonstrates for better or for worse, family is all that we really need in the end.
All the beloved members of The Addams Family pop up in this delightful show including Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch, Thing and even a cameo from Cousin Itt. The true genius of this play is the wonderful line up of musical numbers by composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa and witty one-liners. The plot centers on Wednesday and her boyfriend Lucas. He is from a bright, bubbly family who in the end discovers they have their own far from normal issues to deal with much like the Addams family. Watching the romance between Wednesday and Lucas unfold is a powerful extravaganza. The talented Jennifer Fogarty belts out her best as the fabulously frightful daughter of Gomez and Morticia. She earned well-deserved applause from her first solo scene on opening night.
When Wednesday emerges from her bedroom wearing a bright yellow dress in an attempt to impress her future in-laws, Gomez gasps “Ahh! You look like a crime scene!” Grandma, played by the effervescent Amanda Bruton is also a scene stealer with wonderful lines like, “Well maybe you should stop texting and pick up a damn book once and a while!”
If you liked "The Addams Family" TV show, you will love The Addams Family musical, especially Uncle Fester’s wacky and whimsical number “The Moon And Me.” Shaun Rice, who dazzles as Fester, declares he’s in a long distance love affair with the moon.
The Addams Family musical is at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through April 21.Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $39.50 and up. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Browardcenter.org.
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