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The Addams Family Haunts OC Holiday Season

Being a good mom trumps being a theater person, dang it. Alex was looking forward to seeing The Addams Family Broadway national tour when it came to town – imagine fist pump action combined with an exuberant, “Yes!” when I told him we were going to go see it.

Ah, but we have a deal:  school work always comes first.  If homework’s done poorly or assignments mysteriously disappear, then the show will go on, but we won’t be in the audience.

It’s a tough line to hold, but last night I held firm and sent my good ol’ boyfriend, Bob, to be my Drama Momma proxy to experience The Addams Family touring production while I stayed home for 5th grade homework fun.

Here’s his take on the show:

THE ADDAMS FAMILY 1 c Jeremy Daniel 300x200 The Addams Family Haunts OC Holiday SeasonLike most regular folk not familiar with the Broadway musical, I expected a TV show revamp, where the Addams’ family members believed they were normal. That was the joke. The characters we see onstage know they’re not. They’re in on the joke and that detracts from what made The Addams Family concept so charmingly funny.

The plot is basic girl meets boy who want to marry.  Wednesday Addams (Cortney Wolfson) is supposed to be full of woe, not love, which is another basic flaw of the musical.  Wolfson rises above the flawed premise to deliver a pitch perfect performance.  The Addams Family musical is another rung on her ladder toward becoming the next big Broadway star ala Sutton Foster.

Douglas Sills’ performance was outstanding.  I never doubted for a moment that he was patriarch Gomez Addams.  His comedic timing and vocal skills were a joy to watch.

Unfortunately I cannot say quite the same for Sara Gettelfinger who played Morticia.   Her accent seemed out of place and took away from her performance. The costuming of Morticia has received many puzzled reviews since it debuted on Broadway. Morticia should be a gothic beauty, graceful and feminine. The navel grazing neckline with bulging cleavage did a disservice to the character; it stole focus and should’ve been redesigned years ago.

Blake Hammond, as Uncle Fester, delivered a delightful performance.  Not only did he truly look the part, but his singing performances were equally captivating.  Tom Corbeil’s portrayal of monosyllabic growling Lurch (my favorite character as a kid) was on the money with a surprising character twist in Act II. His performance is worth the price of admission.

As touring shows go, “The Addams Family” is richly designed, with dozens of multi-layered drop panels, haunting lighting, elaborate costuming. It’s an impressive show visually, but the book has little heart. The Addams Family was a fun night out, but not one of Broadway’s best.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Segerstrom Hall
December 18 – 30, 2012
There will be no performance on Christmas Day
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Tickets start at $20
The Box Office is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Online – SCFTA.org
Phone – (714) 556-2787
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

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