Friday, March 05, 2010

The Addams Family To Begin Previews Next Week

Only three more days until the first preview of The Addams Family. The new musical which premiered in Chicago last year and stars Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth begins previews on March 8 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in anticipation of an April 8 opening. Now like most people I assumed that the show would be based on the popular black and white series that ran on NBC in from 1964 to 1966 for a total of 64 episodes.

Having watched the show as a child I guess I had always thought the show had a longer life. I guess that was because I watched it so much. Anyway as I was saying the musical is not based on the show but on the comic strip by Charles Addams. With very few new musicals this season expectations for the show are high.

In fact besides Memphis it is the only musical with an original score left to open this season. Now while the reviews in Chicago were mixed they have brought in four-time Tony Award wining director who is listed as "Creative Consultant". Will he be able to turn the show into the hit that Broadway desperately needs? We will soon find out. Until next time theatre fans.

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