Addams Family and Gearing Up for Great Plains

            In 1933 Charles Addams published his first cartoon in the New Yorker when was just 21. Over the course of nearly six decades, he became known as one of the magazines most cherished contributors. Today, he’s most widely known for his characters that came to be called The Addams Family, a group that evolved into multiple television shows, motion pictures, and now a Broadway Musical that opens this week at the Orpheum Theatre.

            Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, and Lurch existed in various forms and aspects in Addams’ cartoons dating back to the 1930s but they were not actually named by him until the 1960s, when the television show was created. Surprising, the Addams Family characters appear in only a small number of the artist’s several thousand works. The majority of his cartoons are occupied by hundreds of other characters but there is little doubt that those that come to life on stage are some of his most beloved characters.

            The Addams Family Musical features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (the creators of Jersey Boys) and compositions by Andrew Lippa. It began performances in March 2010 and ran through December 2011, becoming one of Broadway’s biggest hits.

The show features an original story surrounding Wednesday Addams falling in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Wednesday confides in her father to keep her relationship a secret and now Gomez must do what he has never done before, keep a secret from his wife. The show comes to ahead when the Addams Family hosts a dinner for the young man and his family.

The show runs through May 19th at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are available at TicketOmaha.com.

            Recommended Reading for Girls at The Omaha Playhouse and The 39 Steps at The Blue Barn Theatre continue for the next several weeks while many of Omaha’s theatre community gear up for the 8th Annual Great Plains Theatre Conference. Look for next week’s issue for full coverage of the event, including interviews with Artistic Director Kevin Lawler and Omaha playwright Molly Welsh. Welsh’s play Penny Gets Bit was the only local script chosen for a PlayLab reading.

            The interest will once again be on the performances PlayFest performances that will be placed outside. Last year’s attempt was sporadically successful. With a year of experience under their belts, here’s to hoping every show will benefit from their location.

            Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

posted at 10:21 pm
on Monday, May 13th, 2013

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