“They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
mysterious and spooky,
they’re altogether ooky,
the Addams Family”
Admit it, it’s stuck in your head now, right?
I love seeing musicals at the theatre but hardly ever go anymore because it’s so expensive to see anything in London these days. However, when I managed to get us tickets in the back of the stalls for The Addams Family Musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre for £30 each, I couldn’t say no. I decided to count it as my #take12trips Challenge for May. Plus we had already been to this particular theatre back in January to see Chris Hadfield and it’s a beautiful building. The only reason I even knew the existence of The Addams Family Musical is because I like watching Carrie Fletcher’s vlogs and she was so excited to land the role of Wednesday Addams. Having watched some of her backstage & rehearsals vlogs and watching her sing ‘Pulled’, I knew I had to see it for myself.
The Addams Family dates back to the 1930’s when cartoonist Charles Addams began drawing sketches in The New Yorker. It then went on to inspire a TV series and numerous movies that you probably remember from your childhood. The Addams Family consists of Gomez and his wife Morticia, their daughter Wednesday, son Pugsley, Grandma, Uncle Fester, Lurch the butler and the disembodied hand known as Thing. The cartoon strips didn’t have any names so it wasn’t until the television series that the characters were given names. Charles named Wednesday after the popular rhyme that states, “Wednesday’s child is full of woe”.
The Addams Family Musical opened on Broadway in 2011 with music and lyrics by Tony Award nominated Andrew Lippa earning critical acclaim and an awful lot of nominations and Awards.
“What are you wearing? You look like a crime scene.”
What’s the musical about?
Wednesday Addams is all grown up, well as grown up as you can be at 18 and in love! I mean Wednesday is crazy enough without adding in teenage hormones and all the emotions that come with being in love. We are talking about someone who barely shows emotion, the epitome of darkness who enjoys torturing her brother. But she’s in love. With a boy. Except she doesn’t want her mother, Morticia to know. Her boyfriend’s family are due over for dinner so she enlists the help of her father, Gomez to keep her secret and help her make sure the night goes smoothly. Of course, it’s the Addams Family so the night goes as smoothly as you can imagine. Can Gomez keep Wednesday’s secret? What will happen when the two families finally meet? One thing is for sure, it results in a hilarious and heartwarming comedy played out on stage.
Should I go see it?
Yes! A big fat yes. I do love The Addams Family but I wouldn’t say I’m a massive fan, I don’t remember watching the movies at all! Turns out it didn’t matter, the musical was AMAZING! Like actual laugh out loud funny. It doesn’t matter if you only have vague recollections of The Addams Family from your childhood, as long as you remember everyone and their mannerisms and characters, you’ll be fine. The cast is absolutely outstanding.
The show stars:
- Samantha Womack as Morticia, who absolutely nails the manerisms and walk of the matriarch of the Addams Family,
- Cameron Blakely as the hopeless Gomez, who is torn because he loves both Morticia and his daughter and to be fair, gets all the best comedic lines!
- Les Dennis as Uncle Fester who provides the narrative throughout the musical,
- Carrie Hope Fletcher who is outstanding as the dramatic Wednesday Addams (this is the first time I’ve heard her sing on stage and her voice is ridiculously amazing and powerful)
- Grant McIntyre as the Addams’ loveable youngest, Pugsley
- and Oliver Ormson as Lucas Beineke, Wednesday’s love interest and completely not the type you’d expect her to fall for.
The musical numbers are witty with clever lyrics and catchy enough to have you singing them long after you’ve left the theatre. I still find myself bursting into bouts of ‘Pulled’ or ‘Crazier Than You’. All the cast’s voices harmonise wonderfully and is amazing to experience in the theatre. Also, watch out for Scott Paige in the ensemble as the ancestor with grapes – totally made me chuckle.
Awesome. Ok, where can I see it?
The production of The Addams Family Musical is currently on tour round the UK. It opens in Southend Pavillion today and then goes onto Birmingham Hippodrome. It’s on tour until 4th November 2017 so you’re sure to find a date near you, have a look at the tour dates here and get booking! Trust me, you won’t regret it.
This isn’t a sponsored post, I paid for my tickets using my own money and the views above are my own – I honestly recommend seeing The Addams Family Musical on stage.
What’s your favourite musical? Where you a fan of The Addams Family when you were younger? Let me know in the comments below.