BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, King's Theatre, Glasgow
Not known for her cheery disposition, a recent change has come over Wednesday Addams. Wednesday is in love, and it has made her..happy. In a family known for their love of everything dark and macabre this doesn't sit well and Wednesday has to plead with her family to behave "normally" for just one night as she introduces her new in-laws.
The wonderfully over the top opening song and dance routine for "When You're An Addams" sets the pace for the evening. With an intricate gothic set, incredible lighting and a large and talented cast you can tell immediately that this is going to be one hell of a show.
Marshall Brickman's book will please anyone who is a fan of the original series or 1990's films as it is very fitting with the Addams Family style. The music and lyrics from Andrew Lippa is delightfully kooky and incredibly catchy.
The leads have been well cast as CameRon Blakely and Samantha Womack have incredible chemistry as Gomez and Morticia Addams. Their "Tango De Amor" was the highlight of the show for me as it was both beautifully choreographed and expertly performed. Womack is nothing short of sensational with her elegant portrayal of Morticia and manages to stay completely deadpan throughout the entire production- which can't be easy as the script is very witty.
Special mention also has to go to Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday Addams who pulls off the comedy elements of the role with ease. Wednesday also gets the best songs with "Pulled" and "Crazier Than You" being musical highlights of the show and Fletcher's powerhouse vocals are something to behold.
The Addams Family has arrived at the perfect time of year in Glasgow as everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit. However, the book, cast and music of The Addams Family are so strong that it would work just as beautifully year round. If you can get a ticket for the run then I urge you to do so!
The Addams Family runs at the King's Theatre, Glasgow until Saturday 14th October.