The Addams Family Review- A Night of Kooky Fun!

There truly is nothing like opening night! I could feel the energy before I even entered the doors of the Ford Oriental Theatre. With the red carpet rolled out, cameras flashing, and the snow slowly falling, everyone was abuzz with excitement for the first ever showing of The Addams Family.

The Addams Family

An opportunity to see the Ford Oriental Theatre itself is reason enough to see the show! The theatre was built in the 1920’s by the Rapp & Rapp firm, and was recently restored in 1998. Lavishly decorated with thousands of woodcarvings in the ceiling and walls, the Art Deco design is inspired by Indian architecture.

Making its musical debut in Chicago, The Addams Family is a brand new Broadway show, based on the kooky comic strip turned 1960’s sitcom. Creator and cartoonist Charles Addams based the zany characters on a satirical version of the typical American family. Just recently did Academy Award winning screenwriter Marshall Brickman, best known for his screenplay for Annie Hall, collaborate with Rick Elice to create this new musical. The two also wrote the Tony Award winning hit Jersey Boys.

Neuwirth and Lane as Morticia and Gomez

‘Produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Productions, by special arrangement by Elephant Eye Theatrical. Co-producers are Stephen Schuler, Decca Broadway, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McCelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary Lu Roffe…’

The scene is set with the entire Addams clan, in all their morbid glory, welcoming their beloved daughter, Wednesday ( Krysta Rodriguez) into adulthood. When she tells her family that she is in love with her boyfriend Lucas Beineke ( Wesley Taylor), her over protective parents, Gomez and Morticia, acclaimed Emmy Award winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, intervene. Set in their macabre ways, they can’t stand to see their little girl grow up, fall in love and change into someone, well, happy, especially her brother Pugsley ( Adam Reigler). They offer to host a dinner for Lucas and his parents Alice ( Carolee Carmello) and Mal ( Terrence Mann) and in their failed attempts to act “normal” for Wednesday’s sake, their true colors show and the whole evening turns upside down! You’ll laugh out loud at snarky one liners from Grandma ( Jackie Hoffman) and lessons in love from an oversized pet octopus.

Carolee Carmello and Bebe Neuwirth

With music by Grammy nominated composer Andrew Lippa, you’ll be snapping along all night long to songs like Full Disclosure and Let’s Not Talk About Anything Else But Love sung by the moon bound Uncle Fester ( Kevin Chamberlin). Add brilliant choreography by Sergio Trujillo and master puppetry by Basil Twist and you’ll be over the moon, literally!

Neuwirth and Lane about to Tango

Just in time for the holidays, tickets to The Addams Family are the perfect gift for anyone on your list. No one should miss a performance like this one!

Chamberlin in rehersal

Individual tickets range in price from $28 to $105. A select number of premium seats are also available for select performances. Tickets are available at all Broadway in Chicago box offices  (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. 18 W. Monroe) The Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (800)775-2000; All Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts, and fye stores); and online at
Tickets are available to groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.

Neuwirth and Lane in rehersal

Producers of The Addams Family offer 12 student tickets per performance for $25. Student tickets for The Addams Family will be available on the day of the show only, beginning at 10 a.m., and will be sold only at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre Box Office. Limit of 2 tickets per customer presenting a valid student ID. Student tickets are in partial view box seat locations and are available for all performances.

Photos: Joan Marcus

The Ford Oriental Theatre
24 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

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