THE ADDAMS FAMILY Releases UK Amateur Rights
Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Amateur Stage Magazine have announced that The Addams Family - The Musical is to be made available for amateur performance here in the UK.
Applications for licenses open today and will remain open until 31st December 2013 for performances between 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2015. The show will be fully licensed once 100 applications for licenses are received by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
Not only does one lucky group have the possibility of hosting the UK Premier of the show but it is highly possible that they will be staging the Worldwide Amateur Premiere as rights are being simultaneously released in the UK and Australasia.
The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. Numerous film and television adaptations of Addams' cartoons exist, but the musical, which is the first stage show based on the characters, is based upon the cartoons rather than the television and film characters.
The original cast featured Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. An original Broadway cast recording was released on June 8, 2010. A revised national tour of North America began in September 2011 and is still running to great acclaim.
This unique offer will make the show available to amateur groups across the UK before the show is staged in the West End and on tour throughout the UK.
Jim Hoare, Director of Licensing for Theatrical Rights said "We are excited to have the opportunity to offer amateur rights to The Adams Family - The Musical. The UK market has been receptive to our rights offering for Grease over the past year and we are pleased to be able to offer this unique opportunity to such a vibrant community of performers".
Julian Cound, Editor of Amateur Stage Magazine said "Amateur theatre has been crying out for the release of something new with an instantly recognisable title to attract audiences and performers alike and The Addams Family certainly ticks all the right boxes. Following our extensive discussions with TRW we are so pleased to be able to announce this news".
Any amateur musical society, school or youth group interested in obtaining the rights for The Addams Family should apply through the TRW website www.theatricalrights.com