Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Addams Family Musical Preview

Here's a nice video of several clips of the musical:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"The Addams Family" Musical Disappoints on Broadway

Reviews are now out for the Addams Family's Broadway opening... any they're not exactly pretty.
Here's a bit of the Reuter's Review:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A big-budget Broadway musical adaptation of the classic celebration of eccentricity and morbidity, "The Addams Family," was panned by critics on Friday as bland and boring.

The production, which opened on Thursday, stars Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. It derives from Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons that also inspired the 1960s television series and two 1990s movies.

"You'll laugh a lot, though never during the unmemorable songs, which are supposed to be funny but aren't," said The Wall Street Journal. "You're more than likely to spend a considerable part of the evening wondering how much the set cost."

Critics said an accomplished cast could not rescue generic, bland musical numbers and predictable jokes.

Finish this Review

The most scathing review I've read is the one posted in the all-important New York Times

It starts out a bit like this:
Imagine, if you dare, the agonies of the talented people trapped inside the collapsing tomb called “The Addams Family.” Being in this genuinely ghastly musical — which opened Thursday night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater and stars a shamefully squandered Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth — must feel like going to a Halloween party in a strait-jacket or a suit of armor. Sure, you make a flashy (if obvious) first impression. But then you’re stuck in the darn thing for the rest of the night, and it’s really, really uncomfortable. Why, you can barely move, and a strangled voice inside you keeps gasping, “He-e-e-lp! Get me out of here!”

Read more of this review, if you dare

Addams Family Musical on the Late Show

Here is a new opening number from the Addams Family musical.
This number wasn't in the Chicago preview.

Friday, March 19, 2010

New York Musical Previews & Other News

As you may or may not know, there has been much Addams Family news of late. Between the musical previewing in New York, talk of a possible new film adaption by Tim Burton, and an Addams Family book recently released, there has been more than a little news that has gone without coverage in this blog.

This post is a brief list of some highlights that might be worth checking out.

In musical news, by all accounts, the show being preformed in New York is substantially different to that which was seen in Chicago. There is an interesting summary of some of the changes made in this post on (beware that some spoilers are contained).

Also, there have been many updates on the official musical's homepage, including cast interviews, cast album release dates, and video interviews with the some of the crew. If you haven't visited the site in a while, it may be about time to stop in.

The Addams Family Blog has been doing a great job of keeping up-to-date with some of the more recent news, including keeping updated on Charles Addams art showings that are going on in New York. Again, I highly recommend checking this site out, too, if you haven't already.

Finally, there has been quite a boom in Addams Family fanfiction writing, as evident on Between the fanfiction and Wednesday Addams's twitter account, there should hopefully be enough to keep fans busy between the blog updates posted here. Happy reading!

Addams Family Musical Store Up

Finally, the Addams Family merchandise that you can buy at the musical's gift stand is also available online!

Check out the Addams Family Musical Store

New Tim Burton 3D Animated Film Reported

This news is making waves all over the internet:
Burton will direct a stop-motion animated film based on Charles Addams' original ghoulish cartoon drawings of The Addams Family.

Though, there is also this news, floating around as well:
Tim Burton Denies 'Addams Family' Report. Future Projects 'Not Lined Up'