Perhaps it is a symptom of growing up in America in the 90’s, but the 1993 film, Addams Family Values, is one of the most re-watched movies in our household. It is therefore safe to say that the story of the Addams Family is one in which I am nostalgically very fond of. Like the fans of the 1960’s TV show or the Charles Addams cartoons before it, I was incredibly eager to see Broadway’s The Addams Family musically transform the deliciously macabre comedy at the Capitol Theatre.
Starring John Waters as Gomez, Chloe Dallimore as Morticia and Russell Dykstra as Fester, the Broadway musical revolves around the now teenage Wednesday (Teagan Wouters) and the aftermath of her falling in love with a “normal” boy from a respectable family. Gomez struggles to keep the secret of his daughter’s marital plans from Morticia while Pugsley refuses to adjust to a life without the torture of his sister and Fester enlists the help of the Addams’ ghostly ancestors to keep the two together. Everything reaches boiling point when the Addams host a dinner for Wednesday’s love, Lucas, and his family, the Beinekes.
Before the show even begins, you will find yourself excitedly clicking along to The Addams Family opening theme as the lights in the Capitol Theatre dim. Act I is rife with humour and great one liners. Act II is somewhat less engaging by comparison as the resolution to the multiple storylines turn from comedic to sentimental very quickly. Some of the resolution points also strike a chord as being slightly out of character, particularly for Morticia. The set design, however, is brilliant and the use of the stage curtain, particularly where Cousin It is concerned, is incredibly clever. John Waters does a brilliant job as Gomez, Teagan Wouters’ pulls off her ballads exceptionally and Katrina Retallick is a standout as the rhyming and perky mother-in-law Alice Beineke.
Overall, whether to indulge in your nostalgia or simply fulfil your macabre interests, The Addams Family will have you choking with laughter.
The Addams Family is currently playing at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.
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