I remember watching the Addams Family back when Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christina Ricci and Christopher Lloyd played the quirky family. I mean, who could forget the finger clicking da-da-da-da tune, and Wednesday Addams’s iconic long black plaited hair.
When I heard the musical was touring the UK and would be coming to Milton Keynes theatre, I quickly booked tickets for a friend and I to go along for Halloween.
I hadn’t done a lot of research into the show’s story line, or even looked at any of the reviews before I booked our tickets, I booked it purely based on my love for the classic Addams family franchise.
In places I found the plot was perhaps a little drawn out, and was a little bit disappointed to find there are only a couple of really catchy songs such as ‘Pulled,’ ‘Crazier Than You’ and ‘When You’re An Addams,’ unlike other popular musicals which seem to have you singing the songs for weeks after.
Luckily the Addams Family franchise has a strong concept and this is tied together nicely throughout the show. The ensemble are a group of Addams Family ancestors, that are all costumed in iconic historical periods. The choreography is great, well suited to the show and is as you expect, pretty damn quirky!
The production itself shows Wednesday Addams all grown up, with a secret that only Gomez knows; she’s fallen in love with a young man from a respectable suburban family.
Gomez Addams must now (try) and keep the 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. All the usual clan are present, including Uncle Fester, Lurch and son Pugsley.
I thought Carrie Hope Fletcher was wonderful as Wednesday Addams, and I throughly enjoyed the father/daughter relationship between Gomez and Wednesday, along with the touching song ‘Happy Sad’ that accompanied this.
Despite the bad reviews the musical has received, I found it the perfect spooky treat leading up to Halloween. It was humorous, touching and overall a lot of fun!