THE ADDAMS FAMILY opened last weekend at the Media Theatre in Media, Pennsylvania. This show, based on the characters created by cartoonist, Charles Addams, depicts a family that has an affinity for all things macabre. In this musical, favorite Addams family characters such as Gomez, Morticia and Uncle Fester come to life and the plot of the musical draws upon familiar Addams family character traits. The Addams Family at Media Theatre makes for an entertaining evening out, and audiences will find themselves snapping along with the familiar Addams Family theme.
The Addams Family opened on Broadway in April 2010 and closed in December 2011. The original cast featured Nathan Lane as Gomez Addams and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. The music and lyrics for this show were written by Andrew Lippa. Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice wrote the book. The book for this show is a bit kooky, but that should be expected for a musical about the Addams Family. The plot for the musical revolves around Wednesday Addams. Wednesday has fallen in love and wants to get married; she invites her “normal” boyfriend and his parents over for dinner to meet her family. She confides in her father that she is in fact engaged, but asks him to keep it a secret. Of course, keeping secrets comes back to haunt Gomez.
The cast of The Addams Family at Media Theatre is what makes this production shine. Director and choreographer, Dann Dunn, has assembled a strong and talented cast whose performances keep the audience engaged. Playing the role of Gomez is Jeffrey Coon who gives a crisp Spanish-accent to the character. In addition, Coon’s vocals are powerful and there are moments that he infuses his character with not only humor, but also warmth. Jennie Eisenhower plays Morticia Addams, and her song in act two, “Just Around the Corner” is humorously morbid. I also need to mention that the tango number between Coon and Eisenhower is perfect, and Dunn’s brilliant choreography of this number shines through. Lauren Cupples portrays Wednesday Addams. Cupples is one of the strongest actors in this production, and her vocals, especially in “Pulled” are captivating. In “Pulled” this song highlights Cupples’s show-stopping voice as she capably displays her character’s angry glower even while she is singing about love. Playing Wednesday’s brother, Pugsley, is JD Triolo. Triolo is one of Philadelphia’s finest young actors, and he delivers an innocent and magnificently masochistic Pugsley. Triolo adds sweetness to the constantly scowling, Pugsley, and his vocals particularly in “What If” are dynamic. Uncle Fester is perfectly portrayed by Nicholas Saverine, and his wonderful goofiness is one of the highlights of the show. Krissy Fraelich and Paul Weagraff superbly play the parents of Lucas (Jake Glassman), who want to marry Wednesday. Fraelich’s performance, especially in “Waiting” is one of the best in the show. Rounding out this talented cast are Bill Vargas as Lurch and Susan Warfel as Grandma.
The Addams Family runs through November 2, 2014 at Media Theatre. For more information and tickets visit their website at www.mediatheatre.org or call their box office at 610-891-0100.
Photos Courtesy of Media Theatre
Final Thought: The Addams Family at Media Theatre is an entertaining and amusing romp with outstanding performances and choreography. The show provides for a fun time where audiences will be entertained by the antics of the morbid and zany Addams Family.
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