BWW Reviews: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Still Kookey After All These Years

BWW Reviews: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Still Kookey After All These Years
Amanda Bruton (Grandma), Jennifer Fogarty (Wednesday), Dan Olson (Lurch), Jesse Sharp (Gomez), KeLeen Snowgren (Morticia), Shaun Rice (Uncle Fester) and Jeremy Todd Shinder (Pugsley) in the 2013-2014 National Touring Company of The Addams Family.

They're creepy and they're kookey, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ookey -THE ADDAM'S FAMILY. *Snap*Snap*

The music starts and the audience snaps at the same time. We all know the opening song from watching the television show no one needs the musical director cueing us. THE ADDAMS FAMILY is based on the cartoons and television shows that were spawned from the inspiration and imagination of cartoonist Charles Samuel Addams. The story in the musical is very similar to the move "Addams Family Values" in that there is a love interest for Wednesday Friday Addams (Jennifer Fogarty). The story in the musical is original in that Wednesday actually gets engaged and asks her father Gomez (Jesse Sharp) to keep it a secret from Morticia (KeLeen Snowgren).

The book authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice and music and lyricist Andrew Lippa did a fantastic job of keeping the same type of humor that those of us who grew up with the television show remember. I was laughing through most of the show.

The production was high quality. The sets were very grand and lacked vibrant colors. The puppeteering included some of the characters that would have been missed: Cousin It, Thing, as well as Uncle Festor's dance with the moon. And the costumes were amazing, even the ghosts had wonderful designs. To be honest though, I did want Morticia's purple and black lace dress. The costumes gave a nod to the television show's style of costuming. I appreciated the tinge of nostalgia that Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott's designs inspired.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY was very fun. Some of the humor is a bit adult, but it is not blatant and all in good fun. And the moral of the story is always about family and how important family is.

BWW Reviews: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Still Kookey After All These Years
The 2013-2014 National Touring Company of The Addams Family.

All photos taken by Carol Rosegg.

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Teresa Rodrick My name is Teresa Rodrick, I was born in Edmonds, Washington - grew up in Mountlake Terrace (WA), married a man from Everett (WA) and my folks moved to Lake Stevens (WA). So when asked, I say I am from the Seattle Area. Way back when I was in high school, I was given lines to perform to open a play (I was a choir girl) and I still remember a part of the line: “No one stopped to give him gladsome looks.” I was then in two other plays. From there I married my husband in June 1990. He was military and we moved around a bit. Our children were born during this time. We lived in England for 2 years, Germany for 6 years and moved to San Antonio, Texas. In San Antonio, I decided I had put my own career off long enough and started going to Palo Alto Community College. I got my Associates Degree in Drama in May 2005. From San Antonio, we moved back to England for just over 3 years. I did one stint in community theatre there. From there we moved to Boise, Idaho. I received my Bachelors in Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Secondary Education in May 2012 from Boise State University.


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