Feb 28, 2013

Special Addams Family “Reunion” to Take Place at the Lexington Opera House

on Friday, March 15!


LEXINGTON, KY (Feb.28, 2013) - The 2013/2014 National Tour of the new musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its Lexington premiere March 15 - 17 at the Lexington Opera House as part of the Broadway Live series.

On Friday, March 15th, a special “Talk Back” with members of The Addams Family touring cast will be offered with special guest appearances by Felix Silla, the original “Cousin It” character from the long running 1960s television show and Carel Struycken, the original “Lurch” from the 1991 and 1993 feature films.

According to Luanne Franklin, Director of Performing Arts, “This is a true case of serendipity…Two of the original Addams Family film and TV cast members just happen to be in town during the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention at Heritage Hall during the same weekend that the touring production is performing at the Opera House! We thought it was only fitting to have an Addams Family “reunion” on the Opera House stage!”

The “Talk Back” with the cast members will take place immediately following the performance on opening night. All Friday night ticket holders are invited to attend the special event and there is no additional charge.

Co-presented by Coors Light/Clark Distributing and The Opera House Fund, individual tickets for THE ADDAMS FAMILY are on sale now at the Lexington Center Ticket Office (859) 233-3535 and Ticketmaster.com.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, which began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran through December 2011, immediately became one of Broadway’s biggest hits. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Production design (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch with set adaptations by James Kronzer. The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Craig Cassidy and puppetry by Basil Twist.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it's every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.

In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams’ drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment, Stephen B. Kane and Michael McFadden, by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. International productions have been announced for Brazil (March, 2012) and Australia (March, 2013) with others to be announced shortly.

For more information, visit www.tafontour.com or www.lexingtonoperahouse.com