The comedy was made into a Broadway musical by “Jersey Boys” creators Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise and has enjoyed success in New York and on national tour. The original Broadway cast featured Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia.
The musical comedy is the next offering in the Broadway in Richmond series at the Landmark Theater. It only runs through Saturday Feb. 8, so if you have the penchant for the weird antics of the legendary family, make your way up I-64 and take it in.
The show focuses on the Addams daughter Wednesday and her romantic involvement with a young man, Lucas, who hails from a “normal” family. Wednesday causes a bit of a rift when she asks Gomez to keep her engagement to Lucas a secret from Morticia. Then to top things off, Lucas and his mainstream parents are invited to dinner where the young couple have decided to announce their future plans.
The show incorporates a lot of the charming elements of the TV series, which were based on the creations of the cartoonist Charles Addams— while adding some modern twists. I did find the plot quite flimsy, however, only providing a superficial means for the music and dance to emerge.
The cast of the Addams Family is strong, with Jennifer Fogarty as Wednesday really packing the comic and vocal punch. Jesse Sharp as Gomez, Keleen Snowgren as Morticia, Shaun Rice as Fester, Amanda Bruton as Grandma, Connor Barth as Pugsley and Ryan Jacob Wood as Lurch all play the Addams clan with humor and musicality.
The “normal” a.k.a. the Beineke Family were played by Mark Poppleton, Blair Anderson and Bryan Welnicki . Anderson really gets the limelight from the script writers and she delivers with a funny performance.
The music was presented with flawless energy by six-member orchestra conducted by Nolan Bonvouloir.
As soon as the audience heard the familiar finger snap at the overture to the final curtain, they went along for the Addams ride, rewarding the cast with a standing ovation.
Broadway in Richmond will conclude its 2013-14 season with the return of the smash hit, ‘Wicked” April 23-May 4. Visit www.broadwayinrichmond.