Full Casting Announced For THE ADDAMS FAMILY Broadway Smash Plays Arsht Center

(National Tour Cast - Photo By Jeremy Daniel)

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE ADDAMS FAMILY -THE SMASH HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL

NATIONAL TOUR TO MAKE ITS MIAMI PREMIERE AT THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF MIAMI DADE COUNTY
OCTOBER 25 - 30, 2011
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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.

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 Center.

"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."

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 CharlesAddams."

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.

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.

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 concert tour.

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