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Delightfully dark musical comedy gives
face lift to cult classic TV show

"The Addams Family"
Cadillac Palace Theatre
Chicago, IL
December 27, 2011

Story by Andy Argyrakis
Publicity Photos by Jeremy Daniel

Chicago's always had a close kinship with "The Addams Family" musical dating back to its pre-Broadway debut in late 2009 at the Oriental Theatre. Between now and then, the show's become a fun-filled favorite in the Big Apple and also on the national touring circuit, the latter of which features a tightened up plotline and extra zing to the zany jokes when compared to the first time through town.

What started out as a humble comic strip turned TV show and blockbuster movie has clearly made the jump to the stage with bravado, thanks to a slew of colorful characters and upbeat musical numbers that are just as irreverent as they are infectious. And who couldn't relate to the plot of having their daughter announcing an unexpected engagement to someone the family doesn't wholeheartedly approve of, at least not at first?

Of course, the kooky Addams clan eventually warms up to the straight-laced Beineke family and vice versa, but not before shocking those Ohio-based in-laws with a tour of their haunted house, a drink of truth serum during a game of "Full Disclosure" and plenty of Latin-flavored tangos in between. But it's all in good clean fun, assuring pretty much everyone in the family has a character to relate to, whether that be Wednesday as she tortures her little brother Pugsley or the bald and crazy Uncle Fester (who winds up falling in love with the moon, although his scenario may be a little less common in real life).

If it sounds ridiculous, that's because it is, but in a darkly loveable manner that still packs plenty of underlying lessons to be learned. Never lie to your spouse, always encourage your children to marry the right match and don't ever let the ghost-like butler Lurch be the first person to greet a visiting family.

"The Addams Family" continues at the Cadillac Palace Theatre through January 1. For additional details visit

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The Addams Family - Musical review - Chicago, IL - Dec. 2009

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