The recent Broadway adaptation of Charles Addams’ The Addams Family isn’t exactly getting a standing ovation and bouquet of roses in terms of critical reception—Associated Press reports that the musical comedy, now playing at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, tends more often than not to fall on its ghoulishly white face despite strong performances from Nathan Lane (aka, the hardest working man in theatrical show business) as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia.
Sounding about as enjoyable as the “Addams Groove”—don’t lie, you know you remember it—the play concerns a now-adult Wednesday becoming engaged to the son of a normal, straight-laced Ohio family, causing all manner of culture-clash hilarity and high jinks to ensue. In theory.
According to AP:
Lippa’s efforts make for a few jaunty tunes and a sizable collection of nimble lyrics — the rhythmic opening number that introduces the Addams clan is especially catchy. Unfortunately, they compete with more prosaic songs that fill time rather than advance the minimal story or flesh out the characters in any meaningful way.
Still, it can’t be any worse than Addams Family Values, which is still in the running as the nadir of American comedy in 1990’s—so the musical at least has that going for it.
What do you think–should The Addams Family work as a Broadway musical?