Addams Family at The Fabulous Fox is a
Gothic Brigadoon…an evening of Fun and one
of the best shows I’ve seen in some time
by Daniel Hines
One might wonder –perhaps even worry—about
how the family adapts to the world of
Broadway musicals. Don’t worry!
As in previous reincarnations, the
newest transition has provided another
aspect to the Addams. Admittedly they
are not the almost scary, but oddly
loveable, dark side characters that
first appeared in the pages of The New
Yorker, but that’s because those
original cartoons demanded something
bizarre to make its point in a small
space and a short time. Then, when the
family came to TV, the challenge was to
make the Addams still spooky, weird, but
friendly enough to either make us think
of a family member or a neighbor we
suspected of being weird.
The movies continued this trend, and the
musical makes us feel almost like it’s
just seeing old friends again.
The visuals and stage settings are fantastic
and the opening number in the Family
Graveyard of ‘When You’re an Addams’ is an
introduction to the ancestors that shaped
the current family members.
Douglas Sills, as Gomez, the patriarch of
the family, kicks the show off with his
prideful introduction to the family ghosts,
immediately establishing him as the pivotal
character, of the evening, even though the
‘plot’ is a romance between daughter
Wednesday, played by Cortney Wolfson, who
has met a ‘normal’ boy, Lucas, played by
Brian Justin Crum. (Yes, Wednesday has
‘grown up’ and at least looks older and
prettier than the Wednesday one might
remember from the TV show and Movie while
everyone else seems to still be the same
age—but remember, this is the Addams family
and anything is possible.)
The point: this is not a show that is meant
to do anything more than entertain the
audience, and it does so admirably.
Sills probably has the most physically
demanding of the performance and he carries
it off effortlessly. His singing is strong,
but even more importantly is his ability to
establish a rapport with the Fox audience.
Sara Gettelfinger portrays Morticia as a
sleek, sexy, obviously smarter-than-Gomez
wife, a perfect offset to the Frantic energy
The rest of the cast includes the
traditional members of the family, all of
whom have the ability to steal a scene at
the first opportunity.
One of the funniest examples of that came
when Lurch, played by Tom Corbeil, meets the
Father and Mother of Lucas when they come to
dinner to meet the Addams. Lurch tells a
‘story’ through a series of guttural growls
and slurred bass-like tones. He then makes
a pregnant pause, ‘laughs’ as only Lurch
Blake Hammond is a lovable Fester,
simple-minded enough to have a love crush
with the moon, but savvy enough to
understand the family dynamics and why it is
important for Wednesday’s love to succeed.
Pippa Pearthree is Grandma, and she is an
appropriately tough old broad (No comments,
pls. about sexist language). Patrick D.
Kennedy is the younger brother who fears
that the loss of sister Wednesday will
deprive him of his torturer, so he seeks to
derail the romance at the dinner at which
all will have to play ‘The Game’, drinking a
potion that makes them reveal all. But, he
steals a ‘dark side’ potion from Grandma,
which is mistakenly drunk by Lucas’ mother,
played by Crista Moore.
The twist is that Mom is a bad poetry
spouting 1950s sit-com Mother (think ‘Leave
it to Beaver’) for whom the properly modest
dress, stupid poems, and beliefs are really
nothing more than a ‘cover’ for her unhappy
marriage to Lucas’ father, played
appropriately stiff by Martin Vidnovic.
After drinking the potion, she performs a
song-dance number that lets us know that she
has been high a life that can only shock her
A special note: One of the pleasing aspects
of the evening is the quality of the voices
each performer brought to their roles.
Good projection, great audience connection.
(Of course, Lurch's voice has to be judged
differently, but his growls and sighs had
great comedy timing.)
It’s a great number and typifies what this
show is all about: FUN! I always watch the
audience reaction and everyone was smiling
and laughing, even before the curtain opened
as the announcer reminds people that
torture, whips, etc. are not allowed during
the show, they were encouraged at
This is musical comedy at its best.
Strongly recommended. Snap, Snap.