Thursday, December 10, 2009

PLAYBILL.COM'S Interview With Andrew Lippa

Check out the interview with Andrew Lippa, Addams Family musical score writer, on

If the characters in Andrew Lippa's new musical The Addams Family showed up at the The Wild Party depicted in the composer's best-known previous show, they'd probably fit right in with the dissolute members of that decadent bash.

Who could be so creepy and kooky that they'd mingle well with Burrs and Queenie and the rest of the characters in The Wild Party? Why, the Addams Family, of course — Gomez and Morticia and Uncle Fester and the gang. The new musical is the latest link in a cultural chain that began with Charles Addams' original New Yorker cartoons, continued with the 1960s television sitcom, and was resurrected with the 1991 movie "The Addams Family" and its 1993 sequel. The production has a book by Tony Award-nominated Jersey Boys collaborators Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, an ideal cast headed by Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth and is currently trying out in Chicago. When it gets to New York in March 2010, it will mark the Broadway debut of a full Lippa score. (The songwriter previously contributed songs to the 1999 revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.) Lippa talked to from Chicago, just days before the new show opened in that town.

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