Sitting in the beautifully quaint Welk Resort Theatre, we anxiously await to watch The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy – and you can’t help but notice the many smiling faces of all ages filling up the seats one by one…it becomes a packed theatre.
Originally written by a favorite Broadway composer, Andrew Lippa and based on the original Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons, The Addams Family Broadway musical is delightfully rewritten and hilarious to watch as each actor embarks on a quest to let us soak in our favorite Addams family characters. The show begins with audience participation when “Thing”, the disembodied hand presents itself through the closed curtain and invites us all in by taking our fingers and snapping to the beat of the well-known tune – the “Addams” Family theme song.
For many of us – we remember this storyline from the 1960’s sitcom as a comical culture clash of the Addams family unimaginable values against typical society – which from time to time is revised to today’s times. It is an American dark comedy which bases its characters on a close-knit extended family with macabre interests, tastes – and they are definitely not the “norm” in today’s society. In Scene One, the wealthy and enthusiastic Gomez Addams, (Kevin Hafso Koppman) who madly loves his very voluptuous, refined and caring wife, Morticia Addams (Erica Marie Weisz), bolts out in harmony and wit of what it means to be an “Addams” as the whole cast joins in on stage – it sets the stage of what may happen if you are not “an Addams family member” – which includes their ancestors …literally and delightfully from their graves.
In Scene 2, it is Gomez’s love for Morticia, which becomes tested when their now, grown-up daughter, Wednesday, (Chelsea Emma Franko), secretly announces to her father that she is engaged to Lucas Beinke (Drew Bradford). She makes Gomez promise not to tell her mother until she and Lucas can make the announcement to both their families at the same time on the same night. She proposes to Gomez that they ALL will meet – for a dinner at their house. Gomez becomes torn for betraying an oath of trust and truth to Morticia as he promises to keep his daughter’s secret…of wanting to marry and to marry into “a normal family” – a family from Ohio – a “swing State”.
Uncle Fester, (Andrew Metzger) gives a brilliant performance at providing the anecdotal commentary and with humorous insight as the plot thickens. Throughout the musical, you grow to love his wickedly funny and physically unattractive character. His delectable dialogue quips in current events for an added laugh as it does throughout the entire musical providing additional comic relief.
When the Addams finally meet the Beineke’s, Alice and Mal Beineke (Nancy Snow Carr, Steve Gunderson) for cocktails and dinner at the Addams house – it has been promised by Morticia and Gomez to Wednesday that they will provide “One Normal Night” but only agreed by Morticia with the caveat that everyone must play “The Game”. As the “normal” night progresses – more secrets are hidden, some revealed, plots of a truth serum potion is brought up by Grandma, (Kat Fitzpatrick) and it falls into the wrong hands, Pugsley, (Blake Ryan), Wednesday’s younger brother.
The dinner finally takes place and it becomes one twisted moment after another when the “Game” begins and Morticia insists that everyone must play… the name of the game is called – “Full Disclosure”. Suspicion and an emphasis are pressed heavily on Gomez, but he outwits Morticia and dodges the task of having to tell the truth. So, it is kind, sweet Alice Beinke who ends up drinking the truth potion and all of her inhibitions coming spewing out like a fountain at an amusement park.
The ensemble of songs and singing is wickedly magic and the dancing is athletically awesome. Lurch, (Berto Fernandez) the Frankenstein like butler captures the imagination of what it might be like to have to dance in platform boots and the highly decorated ancestors provide the backdrop of mystery, and intrigue while they sing and dance in a performance of grace, agility and ghostly charm.
The story, The Addams Family – the new musical comedy is about love, acceptance, forgiveness…and compassion with a whole heaping amount of humor. It is delightfully well done and I would love to see it again!
About The Addams Family:
The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy features an original story, and it is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a seemingly “normal” young man from a respectable family. When the Addams family plays host to Wednesday’s boyfriend and his family, a series of comical mishaps leads the two sides to learn they aren’t that different after all.
Tickets are selling fast. Book yours today to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun!
Dates: September 6 – November 10, 2019
When: Thursdays 1pm + 7pm | Saturdays 1pm + 8pm | Sundays 1pm
Where: Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido.
Tickets: $55 (preshow meal available for additional charge)
Pre-show meal available.
- Meal precedes the show. Meal seating starts at 11:15am for matinee shows and 5:15pm for evening performances.
- Available before the show at Welk Resorts’ Canyon Grille
- Make sure to update the ticket type in your cart to select one of the four menu options:
- Beef: Pot roast, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, choice of soup or salad
- Chicken: Chicken picatta, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, choice of soup or salad
- Fish: Teriyaki salmon with fruit chutney, wild rice, vegetable, choice of soup or salad
- Vegetarian: Vegetarian pasta with garlic bread , choice of soup or salad
About The Welk Resort Theater:
The Welk Theatre is back! This beloved theatre closed in early 2018 for a lobby renovation and a reorganization of their production team – the theatre is now better than ever with a beautiful new lobby and the return of its original show producer who produced the musicals that we all loved for so many years. The Addams Family is an award-winning Broadway musical comedy based on the beloved 1960s television show and depicts a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. In the upside-down world of the Addams family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of dreams. But, ironically, this quirky musical investigates how important acceptance and love are in any family. We’ll have great seats at the intimate Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido. Prior to the matinee show, enjoy an included 3-course waiter-served lunch with choice of entrée and dessert at the Welk Resort’s Canyon Grille. (All Promotional Photos – Courtesy of Welk Theatre)
Official Website: www.WelkResorts.com/San-Diego/Theatre
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