Reviewed by Sabrina Fancy
As someone who enjoyed The Addams Family TV show, I was looking forward to seeing The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy. This new production by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andre Lippa’s musical resulted in a very enjoyable evening.
Unlike the TV show, the production is less ghoulish but more eccentric and kooky with a healthy injection of humour throughout.
The story is about Wednesday, the gothic daughter who falls in love with a ‘normal’ boy, Lucas and the families struggle to accept this. Wednesday pleads with her family to try to be normal, but she gets anything but!
One of my favourite scenes was the opening number, scene 1 the graveyard was utterly engrossing! It was a cross between Michael Jackson’s thriller and the Rocky Horror picture show’s time warp. It was full of energy and brilliant choreography. The background dancers were exceptionally good and throughout the musical there was a beautiful ballerina dancer performing.
The sets are brilliant, and had a feeling of being creepy without being overly garish. The designer seems to have taken great pains in constructing the creaky house, which has a very creepy feel about it. The ghoulishness was very well portrayed with suitably spooky sound effects and lighting. The costumes and makeup of the characters almost identical to the TV show, right down to the long slip in Morticia’s dress.
The cast was very strong and portrayed the characters very well. Samantha Womack’s (previously on EastEnders) is surprisingly funny and emulates her character very well! She is acerbic, has stiff posture like Morticia and her songs are delivered with gusto.
Cameron Blakely as Gomez had a touching relationship with his daughter Wednesday and had a very strong performance with a powerful voice.
Lee Dennis as Uncle Fester did not disappoint (although it would have been great to see more of him).
Carrie Hope Fletcher who was previously in Les Miserable, portrays the daughter Wednesday and is outstanding. With the strongest vocals of all the performers in the show, ‘Pulled ‘and the duet “Crazier Than You” are the most enjoyable performances.
What is distinctive about this production is the humour. The audience was laughing throughout the production and I loved the slights about Donald Trump and the US election.
Everything looked wonderful, the singers had beautiful voices, and it was a fun evening. One does not have to be a previous fan of The Addams Family to enjoy The Addams Family musical and it is suitable for almost all ages.
The New Wimbledon theatre is stunning and very spacious, conveniently located less than a 5- minute walk from Wimbledon Overground/Underground station with plenty to do in the area. A great eatery close to the theatre is Wafflemeister. The Wimbledon theatre prices are significantly lower than productions in the West end and are high quality shows.
Tickets cost from £15 to £46 (booking fees may apply).
The Addams Family is at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London from 16-20 May 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/new-wimbledon-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7646.
New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1QG | 0844 871 7646