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Quirky, beloved Addams Family coming to Stephens Auditorium

January 23, 2014
Times-Republican

AMES - The 2013-2014 national tour of the new musical "The Addams Family," based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its Ames premiere at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Stephens Auditorium as part of the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series.

"The Addams Family," which began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran through December 2011, immediately became one of Broadway's biggest hits. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as a "classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!" and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it "uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams."

"The Addams Family" features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Production design (sets and costumes) are by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch with set adaptations by James Kronzer. The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Craig Cassidy and puppetry by Basil Twist.

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The Addams Family musical will open at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. The musical is part of the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series.

"The Addams Family" features an original story and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met.

And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.

In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as "The Addams Family" that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams' drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.

For information on this performance, visit www.center.iastate.edu/events or www.tafontour.com.

Tickets are range from $53 to $49; $28 Youth 18 & Under; $25 ISU Students. They are available at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office and at all Ticketmaster Centers. Buy online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

 
 

 

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