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The Addams Family

The Addams Family

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It was supposed to be the biggest Broadway show of the season. And then… it opened.

The original Broadway production of The Addams Family defied the odds – and the reviews – to run a respectful 722 performances at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Less than a decade later, The Addams Family is the most popular high school musical to produce in the United States. How did a Broadway pariah became America’s favorite musical?

Mo Brady of The Ensemblist podcast speaks to the show’s creators – as well as those mounting the show today – to learn how The Addams Family became so well loved.

Episodes

The Ensemblist - #473 - The Addams Family (Rock Ridge High School - feat. Anthony Cimino-Johnson, Rebekah Hess)

#473 – The Addams Family (Rock Ridge High School – feat. Anthony Cimino-Johnson, Rebekah Hess)

In learning about how The Addams Family found popularity after its initial professional mountings, I wanted to dig one level deeper. Thanks to Jim Hoare at Theatrical Rights Worldwide, I had learned why the show was a popular choice for amateur and student groups ...
The Ensemblist - #468 - The Addams Family (Student Productions, feat. Jim Hoare)

#468 – The Addams Family (Student Productions, feat. Jim Hoare)

In my conversations with the original creative team of The Addams Family, I was learning how the show was refined and restructured to become a success on tour and around the world. But this wasn’t bridging the gap between these professional productions and the success the show has ...
The Ensemblist - #464 - The Addams Family (International Productions, feat. Steve Bebout. Dontee Kiehn)

#464 – The Addams Family (International Productions, feat. Steve Bebout. Dontee Kiehn)

In my journey to chronicle the transformation of The Addams Family musical through its many incarnations, I was starting to understand what made the show so unique. Most first national tours are essential replicas of the Broadway production, but The Addams Family’s was not ...
The Ensemblist - #459 - The Addams Family (feat. Steve Bebout)

#459 – The Addams Family (feat. Steve Bebout)

One of the not-so secret secrets in this show about secrets is that The Addams Family went through massive structural changes multiple times on its way to becoming the most popular musical in America. Many of the changes were noted in my previous discussions with Rick Elice and ...
The Ensemblist - #454 - The Addams Family (feat. Dontee Kiehn)

#454 – The Addams Family (feat. Dontee Kiehn)

The original production of The Addams Family was choreographed by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. Once a Broadway ensemblist himself, The Addams Family came along when Sergio had four productions running simultaneously on Broadway: our show, the long-running Jersey Boys, the sparse but beautiful musical staging in Next ...
The Ensemblist - #449 - The Addams Family (feat. Rick Elice)

#449 – The Addams Family (feat. Rick Elice)

My first stop on this journey was reaching out to an old colleague, Rick Elice. Along with Marshall Brickman, Rick wrote the book for the musical adaptation of The Addams Family. Rick and I’s path crossed a handful of times during my tenure with the original Broadway production: ...
The Ensemblist - #446 - The Addams Family

#446 – The Addams Family

It was supposed to be the biggest Broadway show of the season. Two theatre titans taking on two of the most familiar roles in popular culture. The combination of wildly successful source material and innovative theatremakers were sure to create a theatrical juggernaut. And the public agreed: advanced ...

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