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‘Addams Family’ Broadway musical entertains crowd with dark humor

The creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky Addams Family entertained a sold-out Reynolds Performance Hall audience with its Broadway musical comedy Nov. 18.

The Log Cabin Democrat sponsored the 7:30 p.m. performance.

The production crew included “Jersey Boys” authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (“The Wild Party”), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys”) and Olivier Award-winning original directors and designers Phelim McDermott  and Julian Crouch (“Shockheaded Peter”) with direction by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.

“The Addams Family” is inspired by the creations of the legendary American cartoonist Charles Addams.

Addams is known for his characters that came to be called “The Addams Family,” a gothic family that stands apart from other families by having dark humor and a stunning and extraordinary lifestyle.

In the Broadway show, Wednesday, (played by Jennifer Fogarty), Gomez (played by Jesse Sharp) and Morticia (played by Keleen Snowgren) Addams’ daughter, falls in love with Lucas Beineke (played by Bryan Welnicki), a guy from an ordinary American family from Ohio.

Lucas asks Wednesday to marry him. The girl invites Lucas and his family to the family dinner.

While waiting for the Beineke, Wednesday tells her father Gomez about Lucas’ marriage proposal and asks him to keep this in secret from her mother.

Gomez, who loves his daughter as much as his wife, is confused by this entreaty.

He doesn’t want to lie to Morticia but also wants to help Wednesday. Standing between two fires, Gomez fell into a tough situation.

The seemingly strange Addams family has the same problems as other families, as presented to the audience. But, the real family that cares about its values can overcome any crisis.

The audience could see how the Addams managed their family’s crisis.

Hot Springs resident Stephanie Davies came to the Addams Family musical with her two children.

“We loved it. It was a lot of fun,” she said. “This is my first musical, so it was wonderful. We really glad we got to see it.”

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