THE ADDAMS FAMILY Comes to Smith Center for the Performing Arts in November
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts announced today that tickets for the national tour of the new musical The Addams Family,based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will go on sale Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices start at $24 and will be available at The Smith Center box office at 361 Symphony Park Ave., by visiting www.TheSmithCenter.com or by calling 702-749-2000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 702-749-2348.
The Addams Family played Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from March 2010 – December 2011 where it grossed over $85 million. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “Uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”
The North American tour of The Addams Family premiered in New Orleans in September 2011 and has played over 350 performances to date. Richard Ouzounian of the Toronto Star called the production a “wackily entertaining musical […] that moves with breezy style and an open heart” and Robert Trussell of the Kansas City Star praised it as “first class [with] unexpected pleasure at almost every turn.”
Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger will star as Gomez and Morticia. The principal cast also includes Tony Award nominee Martin Vidnovic as Mal Beineke, Gaelen Gilliland as Alice Beineke, Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester, Pippa Pearthree as Grandma, Tom Corbeil as Lurch, Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Curtis Holbrook as Lucas Beineke and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday.
The Addams Family national tour 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 choreography bySergio Trujillo. The entire production is under the supervision of four-time Tony Awardâ winner Jerry Zaks.
The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and puppetry by Basil Twist. The production also features music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music direction by Ben Whiteley, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, dance arrangements by August Eriksmoen, hair design by Tom Watson, make-up design by Angelina Avallone and special effects design by Greg Meeh.
The Addams Family features an original story and it's every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend 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 tour is produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stuart Ditsky/AdamDitsky, Stephen and Mary Jo Schuler, Eva Price, James L. Nederlander, Stephanie P. McClelland, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman/Deitch, Vivek Tiwary/Jamie deRoy/Carl Mollenberg and Mary Lu Roffe, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical. International productions have been announced for Australia (March 2013) and Argentina (June 2013).
For more information, visit www.theaddamsfamilymusicaltour.com.