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FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY
NATIONAL TOUR TO MAKE ITS MIAMI PREMIERE AT
THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF MIAMI DADE COUNTY
OCTOBER 25 - 30, 2011
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Miami, FL August 10, 2011 - Full casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of THE ADDAMS
FAMILY, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist
Charles Addams. Tickets for the Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade
County will go on sale to Arsht Center members on August 15 and to the general public on August 22, as announced
today by the Arsht Center and Broadway Across America.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY is scheduled to open the Adrienne Arsht Center's Broadway in Miami 2011-2012 season,
with performances from October 25-30, 2011. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht
Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
The Broadway in Miami 2011-2012 subscription season is made possible with the generous support of Bank of
America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association, Broadway Across America and the Adrienne Arsht
"We're excited about the new Broadway in Miami season and are proud of our continued partnership with the
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts," said Gene Schaefer, market president, Miami-Dade and Monroe
Counties. "Building on the popularity of the Broadway in Miami series, this season's exciting line-up promises to be a
huge success for the Center and our community. We're proud to be a part of it."
Rehearsals for the tour begin today in New York City. Joining the previously announced Tony Award nominee
Douglas Sills as Gomez and Sara Gettelfinger as Morticia are Tony Award nominee Martin Vidnovic as Mal
Beineke, two-time Tony Award nominee Crista Moore as Alice Beineke, Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester, Pippa
Pearthree as Grandma, Tom Corbeil as Lurch, Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Brian Justin Crum as Lucas
Beineke and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday.
Portraying the ancestors are Ted Ely, Karla Garcia, Steve Geary, Victoria Huston-Elem, Patrick Oliver Jones,
Lizzie Klemperer, Alexandra Matteo, Christy Morton, Brad Nacht, Rebecca Riker, Jonathan Ritter, Roland
Rusinek, Geo Seery, Samantha Shafer and Jason Eric Testa. As previously announced, the production will begin
performances September 15 and open September 23 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New
Orleans before continuing on to over 30 additional major markets across North America.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, now in its second year on Broadway, began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt-
Fontanne Theatre and immediately became one of Broadway's biggest hits. 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
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with 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. The production features lighting design by
Natasha Katz, sound design by Acme Sound Partners and puppetry by Basil Twist.
About THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Set to play at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami leading up to Halloween, the weird and wonderful family comes to
devilishly delightful life in THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
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. 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 combines the twisted,
macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams' drawings have entertained millions
worldwide and serve as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.
The Adrienne Arsht Center played a special role in bringing THE ADDAMS FAMILY to the stage as an investor in
Elephant Eye Theatrical, an unprecedented initiative through which the Adrienne Arsht Center and 14 other
performing arts centers nationwide invest in the development of new Broadway musicals.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY tour is produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stuart
Ditsky/AdamDitsky, Stephen Schuler, Eva Price, James L. Nederlander, Stephanie P. McClelland, Pittsburgh
CLO/Gutterman/Deitch, Vivek Tiwary/Jamie deRoy/Carl Moellenberg and Mary Lu Roffe, by special arrangement with
Elephant Eye Theatrical. International productions have been announced for Brazil (March, 2012) and Australia
(March, 2013) with others to be announced shortly.
DOUGLAS SILLS (Gomez Addams) received Tony and Drama Desk nominations as well as the Los Angeles Ovation
Award for his performance as The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway and on tour. He recently starred in the Chicago
tryout of the new rock musical White Noise. Additional Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors. National Tours: The Scarlet
Pimpernel, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods. New York: Music in the Air, Carnival (Encores), On the 20th Century,
Moonlight & Magnolias (MTC), Disney's When You Wish. Regional: She Loves Me, Peter Pan, A Little Night Music,
Much Ado About Nothing, She Stoops To Folly, Showboat, Mack & Mabel, The Philadelphia Story, Chess, Summer
People, Mrs. Warren's Profession and many leading roles with California Shakespeare Festival. Recordings: The
Scarlet Pimpernel, Cyrano. Television: PBS with the Boston Pops, CSI, The Closer, Numb3rs, Will & Grace, Any Day
Now, Party Of Five, Sabrina, Murphy Brown. Film: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Funny About Love. In addition to
Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Douglas has been honored in New York with The Theater World, Drama
League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. In Los Angeles he has received The Garland, The Dramalogue, and Robby
awards. Mr. Sills is a founding member of The Antaeus Company and studied at The University of Michigan and The
American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
SARA GETTELFINGER (Morticia Addams) most recently appeared as "Dona Athene" in John Guare's A Free Man of
Color at Lincoln Center. Broadway: Seussical the Musical, The Boys from Syracuse, "Carla" in Nine with Antonio
Banderas, "Jolene Oakes" in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opposite John Lithgow, as well as the first national tours of
Fosse and 101 Dalmatians as "Cruella De Vil." Other NYC area credits include: "April" in Company (Helen Hayes),
"Fastrada" in Pippin (Papermill Playhouse), Tenderloin and Carnival at City Center Encores!, Anything Goes at
Lincoln Center and "Little Edie Beale" in the world premier of Grey Gardens at Playwrights Horizons. In 2009, Sara
starred as "Fastrada" in the Deaf West production of Pippin at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum. Television: Guiding Light, Ed,
Without a Trace. Film: 10 to Midnight, Sex In the City, Forbidden Love. In 2006 Sara was signed to DECCA/Universal
Records with the classical-crossover trio Three Graces. Their self-titled, debut album was released in stores/online in
March 2008, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Crossover Charts, followed by a worldwide, critically acclaimed
MARTIN VIDNOVIC (Mal Beineke). Broadway credits include Brigadoon (Tony nomination), Baby (Drama Desk
Award), Oklahoma! (L.A. Drama Critic's Award), A Grand Night For Singing (Backstage Bistro Award), The King And I
(Lun Tha) and Home Sweet Homer (Antinuous) both starring Yul Brynner, Guys And Dolls (Sky), King David (Saul),
Olympus On My Mind (Jupiter) and Bellomy in the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks.
CRISTA MOORE (Alice Beineke). Broadway: Debut in the title role of Gypsy, (starring opposite Tyne Daly), received
Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, as well as a Theatre World Award, Susan in Big: The
Musical, received Tony, Drama Desk, & Outer Critics Award nominations for Best Actress, Zelda in Noel Coward's
Waiting in the Wings, (opposite Lauren Bacall), also appeared in Manhattan Theatre Club's Absurd Person Singular
and Tom Stoppard's Jumpers. First National Tour: Polly in Crazy for You. Lincoln Center's New York City Opera:
Cinderella in the NY stage premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, also Snookie in 110 in the Shade and
Eileen in Wonderful Town. Off-Broadway: Birds of Paradise (Arthur Laurents, director), David Ives' Long Ago and Far
Away, Elmire in Tartuffe. Concerts: Penelope in The Golden Apple with The American Symphony Orchestra,
Jonathan Tunick, conductor. Film: Tod Solondz's Storytelling.
BLAKE HAMMOND (Uncle Fester) is eerily excited to be the bald member of the Addams family. Broadway: Sister
Act (Ernie), Elf (Chadwick), Billy Elliot (Braithwaite), Hairspray (Edna), The Lion King (Pumbaa), The Music Man
(Quartet), Kiss Me Kate (u/s Gangster), On the Town (Uperman/MC). Off-Broadway: 6, most notably the Drama Deskand
Obie-winning When Pigs Fly. National Tours: 5. His many film/TV credits include the recent films Handsome
Harry and An Englishman in New York and a current webseries about four couples in group therapy at
ThenWeGotHelp.com. Blake has received the L.A. Critics, Carbonell and Chicago After Dark Awards.
PIPPA PEARTHREE (Grandma). Broadway: Boeing Boeing, The History Boys, Frozen, Titanic, Taking Steps, Whose
Life Is It Anyway. Off-Broadway: The Dining Room, Hamlet, Aunt Dan and Lemon (Public), American Days, The
Singular Life of Albert Nobbs, The Miss Firecracker Contest (MTC). Film: Village of the Damned, The Hurricane, Mrs.
Soffel and Taking Woodstock. TV: Law & Order, Bored to Death and NBC series Buffalo Bill.
TOM CORBEIL (Lurch) performs regularly with opera companies across North America. Credits include: Don
Giovanni (Leporello), La Bohème (Colline), The Barber of Seville (Don Basilio), Death in Venice (English Clerk),
Moses in Egypt (Pharaoh), Alceste (Oracle, Infernal God), The Desert Island (Enrico), Tosca (Angelotti), The Hotel
Casablanca (Tom Carter). Mr. Corbeil has received Metropolitan Opera National Council and Liederkranz Foundation
awards; he trained in the studios at Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Merola Program at San Francisco
Opera. Many thanks and much love to family and friends for their undying support on this adventure!
PATRICK D. KENNEDY (Pugsley Addams), 12 years old and a student at WPCA in Cleveland, is excited to be part of
The Addams Family's first national tour! During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and, like Pugsley, annoying
his three sisters. His first role was playing Gavroche in a high school production of Les Misérables, after which he was
hooked on musical theater. Regional: Oliver! (Artful Dodger), Mame (Patrick), Bye Bye Birdie (Randolf), The Secret
Garden (Colin). Patrick would like to thank the cast and crew, Aunt Mary for being his "Mame," Lynnette (voice
teacher) and love to his family!
BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM (Lucas Beineke). Broadway: 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal (Gabe/Henry),
Grease (Danny/Teen Angel), Wicked. 1st National Tours: Grease (Doody), Wicked, Altar Boyz (Mark). He recently
played the title role in Disney's Tarzan at North Shore Music Theatre. Other: Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon), Hot
Mikado (Pish Tush). Brian was seen on Law & Order: SVU as Daniel Brooks in the episode "Possessed." Thanks to
Nicolosi & Co., ITM/Jen Namoff, Mom, SP and CM for everything.
CORTNEY WOLFSON (Wednesday Addams) comes to us straight from the Broadway production of The Addams
Family (u/s Wednesday Addams). Other Broadway/tour credits include the Les Misérables revival (u/s Eponine) and
Legally Blonde: The Musical 1st national tour (Serena, Brooke Wyndham). NYC workshops/readings: The Addams
Family, Up Here (dir. Alex Timbers), Kinky Boots (dir. Jerry Mitchell). Other Favorites: April in Pool Boy (Barrington
Stage Company), The St. Louis Muny, The Battery's Down (web series). Indiana Native and proud graduate of The
University of Michigan. Thanks to Mom, Madama, Vallier, Abrams, and God. www.cortneywolfson.com Go Blue!
CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
CHARLES ADDAMS (Creator/Cartoonist). Born in Westfield, NJ in 1912, Charles Samuel Addams' prodigal artistic
talent led him to become one of America's most beloved cartoonists. In 1933, at just 21 years of age, The New Yorker
first published his work. Addams went on to become one of that magazine's marquee contributors until his death in
1988. His body of work spans almost 60 years of output and is estimated to contain several thousand works. More
than 15 books of his drawings have been published so far, appearing in many languages across the globe. Addams'
works appear in a number of prestigious permanent collections including The New York Public Library, The Museum
of the City of New York and The Library of Congress. www.addamsfoundation.org
MARSHALL BRICKMAN (Book). Film (as co-author): Sleeper, Annie Hall (Academy Award), Manhattan
(Academy Award nomination), Manhattan Murder Mystery; (as writer/director): Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan
Project, Sister Mary Explains It All. Television: "The Johnny Carson Show" (head writer), "The Dick Cavett Show"
(head writer & producer). His first venture into musical theater, Jersey Boys, won an Olivier and four Tony Awards
including Best Musical. In addition to his film, theater and television work, Mr. Brickman has been published in The
New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy, and other periodicals and is the 2006 recipient of the Writers' Guild of
America Ian McClellan Hunter Award for lifetime achievement in writing. He lives and works in New York and hopes to
die in his bed, surrounded by his loving family and their attorneys.
RICK ELICE (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall
Brickman. From 1982-1999, as creative director at Serino Coyne Inc., he produced ad campaigns for some 300
Broadway shows, from A Chorus Line to The Lion King. From 1999-2009, he served as creative consultant for
The Walt Disney Studios. MFA, Yale Drama School; Teaching Fellow, Harvard University; charter member, American
ANDREW LIPPA (Music and Lyrics). Broadway: The Addams Family (Tony nomination, two Drama Desk
nominations); Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention; new songs for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Off
Broadway: The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics) Manhattan Theater Club (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk
Award); john & jen (music/book). Regional: A Little Princess (music); Asphalt Beach (music/lyrics). Recordings: A
Little Princess, The Addams Family, john & jen, ...Charlie Brown (Grammy nomination), Julia Murney's I'm Not
Waiting. Concert: Music Director for Kristin Chenoweth at The Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Chicago, St.
Louis, San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and others. TV: The Wonder Pets. Next: Big Fish (book by John August)
directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.
PHELIM McDERMOTT (Director and Designer) has been directing and performing since 1984. His initial shows
include: Cupboard Man (Fringe First Award), Gaudete (Time Out Director's Award), The Vinegar Works and The
Sweet Shop Owner. He co-directed Shockheaded Peter in the West End and Off-Broadway, winning an Olivier
Award. His company Improbable's award-winning shows include: 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Spirit, Theatre of Blood and
Philip Glass' Satyagraha at the English National Opera. With Julian Crouch, he directed the Metropolitan Opera's
125th Anniversary Gala. Improbable were recently awarded the Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for their
work in theatre including their Open Space events "Devoted & Disgruntled: What are we going to do about theatre?"
Phelim improvises with The Comedy Store Players and is an honorary Doctor of Middlesex University.
JULIAN CROUCH (Director and Designer). With Phelim McDermott, he recently designed and associate directed
Philip Glass' Satyagraha, in collaboration with the English National Opera and the Met, as well as the Met's 125th
Anniversary Gala. As co-founder of London's Improbable Theatre with McDermott, the two collaborated on the
international sensation Shockheaded Peter. Other Improbable productions include Animo, 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame,
Coma, Spirit, Sticky, Cinderella, The Hanging Man, and The Wolves in the Walls. Designs include Dr. Faustus,
Improbable Tales, The Servant of Two Masters, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the multi award-winning Jerry
Springer- The Opera, A Funny Thing Happened ... Forum for the National Theatre and Dr. Atomic at the Met.
JERRY ZAKS (Creative Consultation) is currently represented on Broadway by Sister Act and The Addams Family.
Mr. Zaks has directed more than 30 productions in New York. He has received four Tony Awards and been nominated
seven times. He's also received four Drama Desks, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie. His credits include
Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, House of Blue Leaves, The Front Page, A Funny
Thing...Forum, Smokey Joe's Café, Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, The Man Who Came
to Dinner, The Foreigner, A Bronx Tale, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and the original production of Assassins. He
began his career directing the extraordinary plays of Christopher Durang including Sister Mary Ignatius..., Beyond
Therapy, Baby with the Bath Water, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. He directed the award-winning film Marvin's
Room, starring Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton; and Who Do You Love, which was featured in the Toronto Film
Festival. Mr. Zaks is a founding member, and serves on the board, of the Ensemble Studio Theater. He received the
SDC's George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from
Dartmouth, his alma mater.
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer). Broadway: Choreographed the 2010 Tony Award winning Best
Musical Memphis (OCC Award, Astaire and Drama Desk Award Noms.); 2006 Tony and Olivier Award winning Best
Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, OCC Award Noms.); The Addams Family; 2010 Pulitzer Prize
winning Next to Normal; All Shook Up and Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nom.). Off-Broadway: Saved (Playwrights
Horizon, Lucille Lortel Nom.); The Capeman, Romeo & Juliet (Public); A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,
Kismet (Encores!); Salome (NYC Opera). Regional: White Noise (director/choreographer), The Wiz, Zhivago (La
Jolla); Mambo Kings; The Marriage of Figaro (L.A. Opera); Chita and All That Jazz. International:
Disney's Tarzan (World Theatre Award Nom); West Side Story, The Sound of Music (Stratford); Peggy Sue Got
Married (West End); Kiss Me, Kate (Japan). TV: Judging and choreographing on "So You Think You Can Dance:
Canada" (CTV), "Broadway: The American Musical" (PBS), "The 14th American Comedy Awards" (ABC), "Triple
Sensation" (CBC). Ovation Award for Empire: A New American Musical and four Dora Award nominations in
Canada. Upcoming: Director/Choregrapher: Flashdance. Havana, White Noise. Choreographer: Leap of Faith for
Broadway, 1st National Tours: Memphis, Next to Normal and The Addams Family, and the 2nd national tour of Jersey
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