THE ADDAMS FAMILY Come to to Alhambra in Time for Halloween
In the 1940's When cartoonist Charles Addams created his single-panel gag cartoons, which depicted a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre, even his crystal ball did not predict the future influence his characters would have. While he published more than 1300 cartoons for publications including The New Yorker, TV Guide and Harper's Bizarre, the evolution of those who became known as The Addams Family landed on TV, movies and on Broadway. The Addams Family musical will open October 4 at the iconic Alhambra Theatre and Dining in Jacksonville, Florida and run through November 12.
When The Addams Family opened on Broadway in 2010 it starred Nathan Lane as Gomez Addams and Bebe Neuwirth as his wife, Morticia. The Broadway show ran for 21 months, giving more than 700 performances and grossing more than $60 million. The show later opened London before launching into US and European tours in 2011.
Patterned after the Broadway show, the Alhambra version will feature more than 20 original songs. The incredible cast features two actors who were on the US national tour, including Shaun Rice as uncle Fester and Jake Delaney, who plays one of the Addams' ancestors. Additionally, Carlos Lopez, who plays Gomez appeared in a host of Broadway shows, Stacey Harris who plays Morticia at the Alhambra played was in Broadway's Bells Are Ringing, and Evan Gray who will play Pugsley Addams at the Alhambra, just closed the US national tour in Matilda.
About the Show
Alhambra guests will enjoy the crazy upside down world of the Addams Family, where to be sad is happy, to feel pain is joy, and death and suffering are what their dreams are made of. Yet they still face the same trials and tribulations of "normal families." Comedy ensues when their dark, beloved daughter Wednesday falls in love with Lucas, a normal boy who knows nothing of this strange family. We join them at dinner, a night which guarantees laughs amidst the altogether kooky hilarity of the Addams family.
About the Menu
As with all shows, Executive Chef DeJuan Roy will create a menu designed with the show and season in mind, and, in this case fit for the Addams family, as they were in their own way foodies. The First Course will feature a choice pumpkin bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds, fresh ground nutmeg or autumn greens salad with roasted root vegetables, candied pecans, blue cheese dressing. The Second Course features a choice of pan-seared chicken breast with rosemary, lemon jus, mac n' cheese-inspired risotto, butternut squash; braised beef short rib with buttery herb white rice, sautéed Swiss chard; three cheese tortellini with shrimp and basil; or an autumn vegetable frittata with faro and raisin salad with yogurt dressing. The Dessert Course features a choice of Tombstone Cake (a chocolate cake with Oreo icing) or a Southern Pecan Pie with chocolate & caramel drizzle
Said Alhambra Managing Partner, Craig Smith, "This cast is one of the most decorated ensembles we've had on our stage. It is a perfect Halloween tale as we journey through our 50th anniversary season. This show represents well our theme of "50 Years of Memories." He continued, "Chef DeJuan is really taking advantage of the show's creativity for the menu and I know our guests will be thrilled with its diversity."
The Addams Family runs October 4 through November 12, 2017. Tickets start at $35 for and range to $53. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking. For all evening performances, doors open at 5:50 PM with dinner beginning at approximately 6:00 PM. The show begins at 7:50 PM. Doors open at 10:50 AM for Saturday matiness with the meal beginning at 11:00 AM, and the show beginning at 1:15 PM. For the Sunday matinee the doors open at 11:50 AM, the meal is served at 12:00 PM and the show begins at 1:50 PM. Call the box office at 904.641.1212 or at www.alhambrajax.com.