The Addams Family, The Musical
We went to see everyone’s favourite kooky family in their spectacular musical comedy, The Addams Family last night with the kids. Starring Joanne Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing and The Rocky Horror Show) as Morticia, the broadway hit musical tells the tale of the ultimate nightmare for the Addams Family. All grown up, Wednesday Adams falls in love with a gorgeous, sweet respectful young man. Poor Gomez Addams tries desperately hard to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner where the quest to act normal of course ends with hilarious consequences.
For a family obsessed with darkness and death, they sure know how to deliver a show stopping broadway experience. While the high energy dance routines and music performances were truly dazzling the witty quips and comical dialogue was perfectly dark in true Addams Family style. With each character, the attention detail was outstanding, from every movement to the unique characteristics capturing the true essence of this quirky family. Not only does this production deliver a musical blockbuster but it was a comical triumph with jokes coming quick and fast only allowing you to take a breath during the magnificent musical interludes.
Uncle Fester, Lurch and Pugsley all bring plenty of comical twists to keep you laughing the whole way through this heart-warming story of love, family and friendship. I absolutely adored the whimsical performance of Uncle Fester who brought plenty of laughs and every time he appeared on stage the audience was sure to giggle. Wednesday’s powerful musical performances really stole the show. However, that intense sickly chemistry between Morticia and Gomez culminating in a riveting tango was without a doubt the high-point of the night.
Even the chorus do a tremendous job of captivating you and make their presence well known on the stage from the moment they rise from the dead and emerge from their crypt. With their amazingly artistic costumes and stunning elaborate make-up, the ensemble very skilfully create an atmosphere akin to a piece visual art. From ballet dances to tudor queens each character is a true representation of all that is freakish and weird.
The moment I heard those familiar clicks I was transported as the set design captured the creepy mansion of the family house flawlessly. With gloomy interiors, wonky slatted doors, elaborate gothic towers and creaking floor boards the effect was a superbly gothic and dark atmosphere. As with the chorus costumes, nothing was left to chance and each elaborate stage prop was meticulously planned and executed to ensure that the set and torture illusions were realistic and equally entertaining. When puglseys coffin bed was scurried off stage by a monster in his cupboard we were really impressed.
The Addams Family will continue to run until Saturday the 9th of April with two performances this Saturday for those who would prefer a matinee. I can honestly say it was a fabulous production suitable for all the family and gets a firm thumbs up from both the kids and I so make sure to grab your tickets today. Tickets start at €35 and you can book them by clicking here. Click Click…..