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The Addams Family

a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Andrew Lippa

COMPANY : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta on Ponce [WEBSITE]
ID# 4746

SHOWING : July 10, 2015 - August 16, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

It's every parent's nightmare. Your little girl has fallen deliriously in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Yes, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has a "normal" boyfriend, and for parents Gomez and Morticia, this shocking development will turn the Addams house downside up.

OnStage Atlanta brings its 2014-2015 season to a close with our production of the new musical "The Addams Family".

book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Performances
July 10 - August 16, 2015
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm

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No performance Sun Aug. 9 due to Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards ceremony.
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Tickets $13-$23


CAST & CREW LIST
choreographer Misty Barber
director Charlie Miller
music director Paul A. Tate
Ensemble Chase Alford
Ensemble Ty Autry
Wednesday Janine DeMichele Baggett
Ensemble Josiah Bridges
Pugsley Blake Buhler
Ensemble Hannah Church
Ensemble Sarah Halicks
Pugsley Benjamin Harding
Lurch Jarrett Heatherly
Gomez Russ D. Ivey
Alice Courtney Loner
Ensemble Jessica Mathis
Ensemble Matt McCubbin
Lucas Evan McLean
Ensemble Leah Parris
Grandma Cathe Hall Payne
Morticia Olivia Sloan
Fester Geoff Uterhardt
Mal Jody Woodruff
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Snap, Snap
by playgoer
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
4.0
"The Addams Family" is a cute musical with a tango-tinged score by Andrew Lippa. Any production has to acknowledge both the visuals of the cartoons and of the TV series (whose musical theme is used to start the show, complete with audience-augmented finger snaps). Onstage Atlanta does a pretty good job of approximating the cartoon looks of the characters, with liberal use of make-up in some cases. Harley Gould’s set provides a pretty good representation of a spooky family mansion, although its fold-out architecture doesn’t much resemble the TV mansion. Overall, the production is true to the source material.

The plot has to do with love. Wednesday (Janine DeMichele Baggett) loves Lucas Beineke (Evan McLean), and is assisted in her pursuit of marriage by Uncle Fester (Googie Uterhardt) and her father Gomez (Russ Ivey), against the wishes of her mother Morticia (Olivia Kaye Sloan), her brother Pugsley (Benjamin Harding), and Lucas’ parents Alice (Courtney Loner) and Mal Beineke (Jody Woodruff). Fester has enlisted the aid of eight ghostly ancestors, whom he has locked out of the Addams’ crypt until true love blooms. These ancestors provide the chorus of the show, and they do a splendid job.

Director/sound designer Charlie Miller has done a good job of balancing sound levels and stage pictures, so the production is pleasing both visually and aurally. Nancye Quarles-Hilley’s costumes are splendid (aside from some less-than-believable padding), but Elisabeth Cooper’s light design doesn’t always illuminate all used parts of the stage equally (particularly at the ends of the dining table used in one scene). Still, this is a very good looking production. Even so, the moon-related sequences are technically lackluster.

Music director Paul Tate has gotten good vocal performances out of the cast, although the balance is off in places simply due to the different power levels of individual voices. Mr. Woodruff’s voice, for instance, is more powerful than Ms. Loner’s. Her lack of power minimizes the impact of her big number ("Waiting"), but her acting allows her to get all out of her part in terms of the character arc. Ms. Baggett’s voice is similarly lacking in powerhouse volume, but she manages to impress nevertheless, with her acting chops the equal of anyone else’s onstage. Jarrett Heatherly (Lurch) doesn’t having the booming bass voice his role calls for, but it’s likely he was the closest physically/vocally to be found to fit the specific demands of his role.

In terms of singing/dancing skills, Ms. Sloan (Morticia) is equalled only by the ancestors. Mr. Uterhardt (Fester) and Cathe Hall Payne (Grandma) have the shtick contingent covered, and Master Harding (Pugsley) has the shriek market cornered. For overall performance, though, the award needs to go to Russ Ivey, whose Spanish-inflected vocal patterns and wonderful expressions and timing bring the character of Gomez Addams to life. He may not have the strongest voice onstage, and he doesn’t seem entirely comfortable with the more demanding aspects of Misty Barber’s choreography, but he makes the role his own. Kudos.
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