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Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!

Grandma Addams, the feisty potient-brewing matriarch of the Addams clan (played by comic actress Jackie Hoffman), turned 116 on Wednesday, March 30 and to celebrate, the producers of THE ADDAMS FAMILY treated the star to a Sweet (One) Sixteen cake and free tickets to the matinee for 116 real grandmothers age 60 or older who were born in March. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the celebration and brings you photo coverage below!

Grandmothers wishing to take part in Grandma Addams' birthday celebration should come to the Lunt-Fontanne box-office (205 West 46th Street) on Wednesday morning, March 30 between 10 am and noon with photo ID that documents birth date, as well a photo taken with grandchild or grandchildren. The first 116 people in line will receive a free ticket to the performance and be invited to meet Grandma immediately following the show. In order to qualify, you must be 60 or older and born in March.

The hit musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, has entered its second smash year at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. Since its first performance on March 8, 2010, THE ADDAMS FAMILY has been one of the Broadway's biggest hits, grossing over $59 million its first year. A national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY will begin in September of this year at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts in New Orleans. Plans for several international productions are currently underway.

The Broadway cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY stars Tony Award winner Roger Rees as Gomez; two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Brad Oscar as Fester, Rachel Potter as Wednesday, Jackie Hoffman as Grandma, Zachary James as Lurch, Heidi Blickenstaff as Alice Beineke, Adam Grupper as Mal Beineke and Jesse Swenson as Lucas Beineke.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, with creative consultation by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Lighting design is by Natasha Katz, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and puppetry by Basil Twist.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story. It's every parent's nightmare. Your little girl has suddenly become a young woman, and what's worse, has fallen deliriously in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Yes, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has a "normal" boyfriend, and for parents Gomez and Morticia, it's a shocking development that turns the Addams house upside down when they are forced to host a dinner for the young man and his parents.

In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams' drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Prods., Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, JAM Theatricals/Mary Lu Roffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Co./Clarence, LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.

For more information on THE ADDAMS FAMILY, visit www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
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Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Party Atmosphere 

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Party Atmosphere 

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Party Atmosphere

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Party Atmosphere

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
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Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Party Atmosphere

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
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Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman 

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
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Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman and Friends

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman and Friends

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman and Friends

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
Jackie Hoffman 

Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!
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Photo Coverage: Grandma Addams Turns 116!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.