The kooky Addams family, popularized through film and television, comes to life on the stage in a Broadway musical based on the characters in Charles Addams original cartoon. Ghoulish and macabre as the Addams family may be, director John Rich describes the family-friendly show as new, up-beat, crazy -- a feel-good musical.
Its a dark and stormy night at the Addams family mansion when the show opens. A frightening reality has beset Morticia (Bethany Hanes, Moscow) and her devoted husband Gomez (Hector Aguilar-Cerreno, Pullman). Their now-grown daughter, Wednesday (Olivia Kennedy, Moscow), has fallen in love. Even more troubling, Lucas (Michael Todd, Pullman), the object of her affections, seems to be a normal boy from a normal family. When the whole Addams family - including Pugsley (Berit Preece, Pullman), Grandma (Cathy-Jo Zeller, Lewiston), Uncle Fester (Evan Englander, Pullman) and Lurch (Andrew Beck, Pullman) - attempts to have one normal dinner for Lucas and his parents, chaos ensues and multiple relationships are threatened.
Alongside the familiar characters, comedic episodes and witty lines is a fresh musical score that Rich believes audiences of all ages will enjoy -- and may even find themselves humming at the shows end.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: The Addams Family: A Broadway Musical Comedy
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Nov. 2-5, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Nov. 5-6
WHERE: Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave., Pullman
COST: $20/adult, $12/child; purchase tickets online at www.rtoptheatre.org or call (509) 334-0750