Matt Byrne Media will present the South Australian premiere of the world’s kookiest musical The Addams Family this July!
The immortal TV show will takes to the stage at the Arts Theatre from 2-12 July 2014 and Elizabeth’s Shedley Theatre from 17-26 July 2014.
Producer/director Matt Byrne said The Addams Family musical captures the kooky nature of TV’s wackiest family with a new plot twist and a brilliant musical score from Broadway composer Andrew Lippa.
“Wednesday Addams is no longer a creepy little girl, she’s now a creepier young woman who finds herself beset by love,” Byrne says. “She demands the family spend one normal night entertaining her boyfriend Lucas’ parents.
“This impossible wish is further complicated by a bunch of Addams ancestors appearing who can’t return to the family crypt until Wednesday gets her wish!
“You’ll meet the whole family of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Grandma, Pugsley, Lurch, Thing and Cousin Itt!”
Byrne is an unabashed Addams Family fan and loves the new musical version.
“I grew up watching The Addams Family in the 60s and the musical captures all the kookiness and twisted, but loving family values,” he said.
“Lippa’s songs are astounding, ranging from pop to tango, power ballads, crazy production numbers and stunning show tunes that are a tribute to old Broadway.
“Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman’s script is hysterical, retaining the zany nature of the TV show, but adding a poignancy that reminds us they are still a family.”
Based on creepy characters created by New York cartoonist Charles Addams back in the 1930s, The Addams Family musical, starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, took Broadway by storm, winning awards and audience acclaim.
The MBM musical stars Michael Coumi as Gomez, Emma Bargery as Morticia, Jamie Hornsby as Uncle Fester, Sophie Hamilton as Wednesday, Chris Bussey as Granny, Dylan Richardson as Pugsley and Frank Cwiertniak as Lurch.
Jonathan Shilling plays Wednesday’s “normal” beau Lucas Bieneke and James McCluskey-Garcia and Fiona Aitken play his conservative parents, Mal and Alice.
Byrne will direct the show with Gordon Combes as Musical Director and Sue Pole as Choreographer with Design by Anthony Del Santo.
The Addams Family
Venue 1: Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide
City Dates: 2 – 12 July 2014
Venue 2: The Shedley Theatre, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Dates: 17 – 26 July 2014