The Addams Family BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • AP

  • NY POST

  • VARIETY

  • USA TODAY

Opening Night:
April 8, 2010
Closing:
December 31, 2011

Theater: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre / 205 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Two-time Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth star as Gomez and Morticia in The Addams Family, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams. The musical features an original book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, direction and design by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Addams Family

    Ben Brantley

    April 9, 2010: Imagine, if you dare, the agonies of the talented people trapped inside the collapsing tomb called “The Addams Family.” Being in this genuinely ghastly musical — which opened Thursday night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater and stars a shamefully squandered Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth — must feel like going to a Halloween party in a strait-jacket or a suit of armor. Sure, you make a flashy (if obvious) first impression. But then you’re stuck in the darn thing for the rest of the night, and it’s really, really uncomfortable. Why, you can barely move, and a strangled voice inside you keeps gasping, “He-e-e-lp! Get me out of here!”

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF The Addams Family

    April 8, 2010: If you want to know why musical comedy is such a difficult art form to master, a prime example is now on display at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre where "The Addams Family" has fitfully burst into story and song.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF The Addams Family

    Broadway's 'The Addams Family' not altogether ooky

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    April 10, 2010: It's definitely a feat of some kind: Broadway's "The Addams Family" has watered down one of the quirkiest pop- culture creations ever. And to think it had so much going for it. Written by the "Jersey Boys" team, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the show stars stage royalty: Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF The Addams Family

    April 8, 2010: The Addams Family" -- the 1960s sitcom, that is -- was famously kooky, spooky and altogether ooky. The new Broadway musical, based not on the sitcom but on assorted one-panel cartoons drawn over the years by the New Yorker's Charles Addams, is kooky but not spooky or ooky; nor is it neat, sweet or petite (as the song goes). What this "Addams Family" has is the gloweringly perfect Nathan Lane, who gamely thrusts Gomez's rapier at anything -- or any joke -- that moves. But $16.5 million has brought forth an ill-formed one-dimensional cartoon with lines and shading not quite inked in.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF The Addams Family

    'Addams Family': Mysterious and not altogether amusing

    Elysa Gardner

    April 9, 2010: Why turn that into a musical? The question pops up every Broadway season as one entertainment property after the next — usually a hit film — is adapted for the stage. The cynical answer, of course, is that producers count on familiar brands to lure casual theatergoers.

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  • BLOOMBERG REVIEW OF The Addams Family

    Uncle Fester Flies, Gomez Tangos in ‘Addams Family’

    John Simon

    April 9, 2010: “The Addams Family,” headed by Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, is a glitzy-gloomy musical in which the quick and the dead are equally full of character, especially the chorus of ancestors that exhibits wonderful esprit de corpse.

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  • WALL STREET JOURNAL REVIEW OF The Addams Family

    April 8, 2010: If you're a New Yorkerwith children, or if you're bringing the family to Manhattan this summer, you'll have to go to "The Addams Family." It won't kill you. You'll laugh a lot, though never during the unmemorable songs, which are supposed to be funny but aren't. You're more than likely to spend a considerable part of the evening wondering how much the set cost. And as you depart the theater, you'll probably catch yourself wondering whether it was really, truly worth it to take your kids to a goodish musical whose tickets are so expensive that you can buy an iPad for less than the price of four orchestra seats.

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