Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:13

National Tour of The Addams Family has Local Ties

Written by  Charlsie Dewey
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Chris Danner is excited to bring the national tour of The Addams Family to Grand Rapids in May. That's in part because Danner has called Grand Rapids home for many years.

"Grand Rapids is one of my top 10 favorite cities in the country," Danner said. "I can't wait to bring everyone and show off the city."

Danner, who serves as the company manager for the production, is also excited because he says The Addams Family is one of his top three favorite productions and audiences across the country have been enjoying the musical tremendously.

The show features an original storyline written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice -- of Jersey Boys fame -- that centers on the cartoon drawings by Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family. It also includes original music by Andrew Lippa.

Danner said fans of the television series or the 1990s films will likely be introduced to aspects of the ghoulish family they may not have seen before if they are not familiar with the cartoons.

Still, Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Pugsley and Wednesday, will live up to the audiences' expectations for kookiness and morbidity.

"Wednesday falls in love with a ‘normal' boy and she wants to introduce him to the family," Danner said. "Obviously she wants to introduce him, but they're not a normal family, per say. So the storyline is about Wednesday inviting the Beineke family and her boyfriend, Lucas, to dinner where the families can meet for the first time. Chaos happens from then on out."

The main setting for the story is inside the Addams family mansion, which is located in Central Park. There will also be scenes outside of the family's home, in the park, as well as in a cemetery.

The costumes keep with the familiar Addams family attire, but Danner said there are some cool and unique costumes worn by the ancestors who have several musical numbers in the show.

"The ancestors come up from the crypt. They are all in period costumes, from caveman all the way up to Amelia Earhart . . . it really offsets the Addams family and the Beineke family."

Addams created The Addams Family in 1938 and the characters have continued to find an audience decade after decade. Danner thinks one reason is because as off the wall as this family is, people are able to identify the characters with their own family members.


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  • Comment Link karen adams Wednesday, 09 May 2012 22:58 posted by karen adams

    Since my last name is Adams and I grew up with the Addams Family on tv, I would love to be able to see the Broadway production of this wonderful family.

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