They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky, the Addams Family! And their musical has finally come to the UK!
I’m a life long Addams Family fan, I’ve loved the films since I was a child, was nicknamed Wednesday by certain family members, and have generally been a massive fan of the iconic family for years. So when I heard that there was a musical, I had to check it out.
Sadly, for years, it didn’t come over to the UK, so I had to make do by listening to Carrie Hope Fletcher sing ‘Pulled’ (Wednesday’s big solo) on repeat for three years.
When the UK tour was announced, I raced to get tickets, especially when I found out that Wednesday was being played by Carrie. I’ve been a huge fan of her too for years, so to see the two collide was an absolute dream. A dream, that did not disappoint.
The Addams Family musical is focused on Wednesday, who has fallen in love. But she’s not in love with just anyone, she’s in love with a *shudders* normal boy, from Ohio. In fact, she’s not just in love with him, she’s engaged to him. The only problem is, Morticia doesn’t know, and Wednesday wants her blessing.
So, she organises a dinner, for her fiance Lucas and his family to meet her family, and gain the blessing of her parents. And that’s where things go wrong. Wednesday has driven a wedge between her parents, forcing Gomez to lie to his wife for the first time in their entire marriage, Lucas’ parents’ marriage is failing, Pugsley is scared to lose his sister, and the families, to say the least, clash, with sometimes hilarious, yet strangely poignant, results.
I was worried before I saw the musical that it would be too different from the films, that it wouldn’t be done well, that everybody would be wrong for their roles. That Andrew Lippa wouldn’t capture the true essence of The Addams’. But I needn’t have worried. It’s clear this musical was lovingly made. There’s changes to the characters we know and love, but that’s because they’re grown up now, with new experiences under their belts. They’re still psychopaths, still in love with death and all things dark, and most importantly, they’re a family.
Because really, that’s what The Addams Family has always been about. Family. As they sing in the opening number, it’s family first, it’s family last, it’s family by and by. It’s about learning more about each other, getting through the tough times, fighting for the ones we love, and showing just how a family should be… Even if that family is slightly odd.
Filled with brilliant one liners, darkly wonderful songs filled with lyrics such as ‘I want my love to cut you like my knife,’ and fantastic acting, The Addams Family is unmissable. Especially for those who has always wanted to do the ‘click clicks’ with an audience, wanted to be part of the clan, or just simply wanted another Addams adventure.
I wish I could see it again, and I hope that I will get the chance some day in the future. Even if I don’t, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It fulfilled many childhood dreams, I laughed, I clicked, I clapped, and I finally got to hear Pulled live. I’m a very (un)happy Addams fan.