In the mood for a different kind of Valentine's Day date? Perhaps The Addams Family, on stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium, is just the ticket. The touring Broadway musical comedy brings the spooky world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to entertaining life.
Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune writes that The Addams Family, inspired by characters that first appeared in Charles Addams' classic New Yorker comics, is a "classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy." John Simon of Bloomberg News calls the show "uproarious."
The Addams Family features an original story centered on daughter Wednesday. The ultimate princess of darkness has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. But her parents have never met him.
Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez must try to do something he's never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.
Ultimately, everything changes for the whole family on the fateful night the Addams clan hosts a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.
Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) created the macabre musical comedy with production supervision by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.
Get an insider perspective on The Addams Family at Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion that takes place at Eisenhower one hour before the show. Artistic Viewpoints is free for ticket holders, but space is limited.