THE ADDAMS FAMILY Comes to The Buell Theatre, 6/19-7/1
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by BWW News Desk
Denver Center Attractions presents the national tour of The Addams Family, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, at The Buell Theatre June 19-July 1. Tickets are now on sale at www.denvercenter.org/addamsfamily or by calling 303.893.4100.
Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger will star as Gomez and Morticia in a principal cast that also includes: Tony Awardâ nominee Martin Vidnovic as Mal Beineke; Gaelen Gilliland 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, Pilar Millhollen, Christy Morton, Brad Nacht, Jonathan Ritter, Roland Rusinek, Geo Seery, Samantha Shafer and Ethan Wexler.
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. As 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. It’s a family portrait that’s completely off the wall.
The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch with production supervision 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 production also features music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music direction by Valerie Gebert, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, dance arrangements by August Eriksmoen, hair design by Tom Watson, make-up design by Angelina Avallone and special effects design by Greg Meeh.
Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings — many of which were published in The New Yorker — in a prolific career spanning six decades. It was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. Addams’ drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.
The Addams Family began performances on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in March, 2010 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!” John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”
The Addams Family tour is produced by: Stuart Oken; Roy Furman; Michael Leavitt; Five Cent Productions; Stuart Ditsky/AdamDitsky; Stephen and Mary Jo Schuler; Eva Price; James L. Nederlander; Stephanie P. McClelland; Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman/Deitch, Vivek Tiwary/Jamie deRoy/Carl Mollenberg and Mary Lu Roffe; special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.
International productions of The Addams Family include Brazil (March, 2012) and Australia (March, 2013) with others to be announced.
Single tickets for The Addams Family start at just $25. To charge by phone, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100. TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582. Groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829. Additionally, tickets may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at www.denvercenter.org/addamsfamily.