EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Assembly Hall, August 2 2014
This year's Edinburgh Fringe offering from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is the Broadway hit The Addams Family. For those unfamiliar with the Addams family they are somewhat unconventional...perhaps best described as creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky.
The story for the musical is that young melancholy Wednesday Addams has become somewhat lighter and...happy. Her family are suspicious and she has to admit that she has fallen in love. She wants to stage a meeting for his family to meet hers and pleads with them to act normal for just one night. Naturally, things don't quite go according to plan.
While some of the songs could be classed as filler, the majority are excellent. The musical highlights for me were "When You're An Addams", "Pulled" and "Full Disclosure". The vocal performances were excellent although at the beginning there was some crackling with one of the microphones which was a little distracting.
The cast are talented and played the original characters down to a tee. A particular stand-out was Kristel Harder who was the perfect Morticia Addams. The script is great and there are a lot of laugh out loud moments. There are a few amateur productions of The Addams Family around just now but I'd love to see a West End run as it really is an excellent show.
The Addams Family runs at the Assembly Hall until August 25th.