The Addams Family – A New Musical

The Addams Family – A New Musical

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, Wednesday 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.

Hundreds of years ago, the Addams family ancestors came from the old country and settled on a plot of land in what is now New York’s Central Park. This was, of course, long before it was a park, when it was still wilderness and garbage. The family flourished for many generations, and eventually, a huge house was built where a great Spanish oak, the Addams Family Tree, had been planted to protect the ancestral graves from such annoyances as sunlight and tourists. As the curtain rises, the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Family Tree, and all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. They’ve gathered – where else? – in the family graveyard, to celebrate life and death in a yearly ritual to connect with their past and ensure their future. They seem at peace, not just with each other and their inimitable, unchanging Addams-ness, but with their dead ancestors, too – who emerge from their graves on this night each year to join in this celebration of continuity. But, at the end of the ritual, Fester blocks the ancestors’ return to their graves. Those unchanging Addams family values are about to be tested. Fester enlists their help to set things right, just in case a new family secret goes terribly wrong. What’s the secret? Wednesday Addams, that irresistible bundle of malice, has grown up and found love. So what’s the problem? The young man, Lucas Beineke, is from Ohio, and his parents are coming to dinner to meet the family. Two different worlds are about to collide. Will love triumph, or will everyone go home vaguely depressed? Gomez and Morticia are understandably leery. Wednesday is their baby, even if she is eighteen. Their doubts bloom into actual terror when they eavesdrop on Wednesday, who, in the midst of her afternoon play-date with Pugsley, refuses to torture her brother and involuntarily bursts into song – extolling all things bright and beautiful as love pulls her in an entirely new, and cheerful, direction. Like any parents faced with a child in terrible trouble, Gomez and Morticia wonder, “Where did we go wrong?” Wednesday begs her parents not to cancel the dinner, and exhorts the entire family to act as ‘normal’ as possible when Lucas and his parents arrive. She loves her family just the way they are, but they clearly fall outside the realm of what the Middle-American Beinekes are used to, and Wednesday’s afraid that, if his parents don’t approve of her, they’ll take Lucas back to Ohio, and she’ll never see him again. Like any unconditionally loving family, the Addams’ promise to do their best to oblige, while, lost somewhere in Central Park, young Lucas asks his parents to resist any judgments and all catastrophic conflicts, so both families can enjoy one normal night. In yet another part of the house, Pugsley, having witnessed Wednesday and Lucas making out, worries that he’s lost his best friend to her new, disgustingly sunny disposition. Plotting to break up the happy couple, Pugsley steals a volatile potion from Grandma’s private stache – Acrimonium – one swig of which is guaranteed to bring out the dark side in anyone who drinks it. After what is likely a less-than-normal meal, Wednesday quiets the table for Lucas’ surprise announcement. But Gomez reminds Wednesday that, before anything else happens, it’s time for the traditional Addams family game, “Full Disclosure” – during which everyone takes a sip from a sacred chalice and reveals something they’ve never told anyone. Gomez uses his Disclosure to try, again in vain, to calm Morticia. Fester announces that he’s in the throes of a most unlikely love – with the moon. When it’s Wednesday’s turn, Pugsley seizes his chance! He secretly pours the Acrimonium potion in the chalice and passes it to his sister. But his plan to awaken the dark side in Wednesday goes horribly wrong when Alice, coughing, intercepts the chalice and downs the potion instead. A whole new Alice, very dark and uninhibited, is born. The powerful poison prompts her to reveal the long-buried problems with her marriage, humiliating Mal, who, fed up with all the weird and creepy events of the evening, makes to leave, with Alice and Lucas in tow. Wednesday blurts out the news: “Lucas and I are getting married!” Chaos engulfs both families like a tidal wave, and Fester, ever-helpful, urges the Family Ancestors to work some magic – whipping up a sudden, terrible storm and trapping the Beinekes with the Addams family for the night. While the storm rages, Wednesday packs a bag, but Lucas has no appetite for running away and getting married without his parents’ blessing. Wednesday, furious at everything it means to be normal, and furious at herself for trying so hard to become somebody his parents would accept,leaves alone. One more of Gomez’ foot-in-mouth episodes prompts Morticia to throw him out of her boudoir. Her world is changing and she’s not ready, and her only comfort is knowing that death is waiting for her, just around the corner. But it is very cold comfort indeed. In the guest room, Alice, under the influence of the darkness potion, can no longer rhyme. Neither can she tolerate her husband’s cynical attacks on Lucas and love. She packs him off with a pillow and blanket to sleep somewhere else, as the storm inside her heart, and outside in the park, rumbles to a conclusion. Once the rains have stopped, Fester heads outside for a couple of hours of moon-bathing, realizing – after observing the three couples fighting – the sheer luck of being in a long-distance relationship, with the distant silver orb in the sky that smiles down on him from the heavens. Sitting under the family tree, contemplating the twists and turns of this most unusual night,Gomez stops Wednesday on her way out of the park. He realizes the thing he was most resistant to – his baby girl’s growing up – is inevitable, and proper. He sees that she’s a young woman in love. And that makes him happy. And a tiny bit sad. With her father’s blessing, Wednesday offers Lucas one test to prove that he’s The One. The test involves her skills with a crossbow, an apple, and Lucas standing with said apple on his head in front of the family tree. The boy is afraid of death,  but even more afraid of losing Wednesday. He chooses the possibility of death over the certainty of loss – and wins. Far below, in the grotto, Gomez and Mal, two displaced husbands, realize they have more in common than they would have dared imagine only a few hours earlier. While Mal is with Gomez, Lurch ushers Alice down to the grotto. She’s a woman on a mission; she’s going to lay down the law; changes must be made if the marriage is to survive. Morticia packs a bag and is ready to leave. But the ancestors’ spirits have led Gomez to find her. The other warring couples, Wednesday and Lucas, Alice and Mal, have made their peace. Now Gomez woos his wife, as he first did one night many years before, with the promise to “laugh and cry and dance until the very gods weep with envy.” The mournful strains of a bandoneon waft up on the breeze, entwining with the tempting wail of a violin – and a tango begins – the Tango de Amor, the quintessence of Eros, the dance that makes men weep and women cry out in the night. The irresistible expression of love between husband and wife. And Morticia cannot resist. With all three couples reunited, Fester is emboldened to make his move, and launches himself to the moon. Landing safely, his face appears – the man in the moon – and, love having emphatically triumphed in heaven and on earth, the gate to the family crypt swings open, allowing the spirits of the ancestors to rest for another year. It’s been a night of darkness. Everything’s changed. And the new, extended family understands: The unknown may be frightening, the darkness overwhelming,but if we don’t run from it, we may see our mysterious, miraculous lives finally illuminated. If we move toward the darkness, we might find love and acceptance. For when it is dark enough, we can see the stars. -Rick Elice Bookwriter for The Addams Family

THE ADDAMS FAMILY A NEW MUSICAL

Book by MARSHALL BRICKMAN and RICK ELICE Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA

 Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams

Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals By Special Arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical

Gomez Addams

Morticia Addams

Uncle Fester

Grandma

Wednesday Addams

Pugsley Addams

Lurch

Mal Beineke

Alice Beineke

Lucas Beineke

The Addams Ancestors – 5m, 5w (or more if desired)

12 Musicians

Piano Conductor (Keyboard 1)

Keyboard 2

Reed 1 (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)

Reed 2 (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet)

Trumpet (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)

Trombone (Trombone, Bass Trombone)

Violin (1 Player)

Cello (1 Player)

Bass (Acoustic, Electric)

Guitar (Solid Body Electric, Banjo, Ukelele, Nylon Acoustic, Arch Top, Semi Hollow Body)

Drums/Percussion (2 players)

Percussion List: (Afuche Cabassa, Bell Tree, Bird Warble, Bongos, Brake Drum, Cabassa, Castanets, Caxixi, Chimes, Claves, Concert Bass Drum, Cowbell, Cymbal, Finger Cymbals, Glockenspiel, Gong, Guiro, Jingle, Mark Tree, Ratchet, Shaker, Siren, Slapstick, Suspended Cymbal, Tam Tam, Tambourine, Timbales, Timpani, Triangle, Vibraslap, Wood Blocks, Xylophone, *String bow also required for this part)

Rehearsal & Performance Tracks Available!

Show|Ready™ and Stage|Tracks™ provided by ROCS (Right on Cue Services) are now available for THE ADDAMS FAMILY. With Show|Ready™, you can virtually send your Musical Director home with each and every member of your cast!  Show|Ready allows you to play a customizable rehearsal track of your show, complete with individual vocal parts and all dance breaks on a Mac, PC, and soon on your iOS device. Your Musical Director simply uploads any edits made at that day’s rehearsal and your cast can access and download the newest version with all of the new changes. This enables your entire cast to rehearse correctly from the beginning, saving you valuable time and effort. With an intuitive interface, Show|Ready gives you complete control over which parts you hear, and lets you modify the key or tempo and cut, vamp, or repeat measures as you please. All shows include the piano, bass, drum, all vocal parts, and click track as well as a sheet music viewer that automatically displays the piano/conductor score and changes the page as you listen and navigate throughout the show. http://www.trwmusicals.com/showlready%E2%84%A2.php Stage|Tracks™ provides quality performance tracks, edited to integrate your individual changes from Show|Ready. With the best sounding tracks at an affordable price, Stage|Tracks will greatly enhance your production if you do not have live musicians to accompany the show. However, you should be advised that while Stage|Tracks provides quality performance tracks of the full orchestration, it is not recommended to be used alongside live musicians.  Stage|Tracks is only for performance and is sent approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the opening date of your production.  Stage|Tracks is currently only available on an iOS device, with Mac and PC coming soon. Listen to a StageTracks demo from THE ADDAMS FAMILY here! http://rightoncueservices.com/mp3/addams_family_demo.mp3

For pricing information and to order Show|Ready™ or Stage|Tracks™ please call: 646-736-3232 or email: licensing@theatricalrights.com

For the Show|Ready™ & Stage|Tracks™ apps, visit the iTunes Store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/right-on-cue-services-llc/id543773969   **A valid license of Show|Ready™ and Stage|Tracks™ must be purchased first before you can use the mobile apps.**

Costumes

Broadway Costumes now has rental costumes for THE ADDAMS FAMILY 1100 West Cermak Road · Second Floor Chicago · Illinois · 60608 · USA 800-397-3316 www.broadwaycostumes.com Rose Costumes in Denton TX has added THE ADDAMS FAMILY to their rental inventory* *For customers in Texas (shipping is not available) 5800 I-35 N @ Loop 288 Suite #508 Denton, TX 76207 Telephone: 940-566-1917 Fax: 940-387-6206 Email: rosecostumes@verizon.net Costume Holiday House 3038 Hayes Ave Fremont, OH 43420 (800) 348-6616 http://www.costumeholidayhouse.com/theatre-rentals/the-addams-family.html Costumes for productions in the UK: Dereham Theatre Costumes 14 Charles Wood Rd, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1SX +44 1362 694206 Thespis Theatrical Costumiers Ltd The Grange, Church Road Thelveton, Norfolk IP21 4EP hire@thespis.biz 0333 666 0633

Scenic Projections

Broadway Media Distribution

BMD’s scenic projections for “The Addams Family” pulls from the black-and-white television show of the 1960s with nods to the films of the 90s and recent Broadway installment. As the theme song would suggest, the design is spooky and full of kooky details. Spider webs adorn the ceiling of a mansion where cracked plaster exposes old wood. Interior rooms throughout the mansion are highlighted and a seamless production can be achieved through the use of our scenic projections which connect every scene. What was once difficult to achieve through standard set design is simple through the use of scenic projections. Lightning strikes, ferocious winds blow, the chandelier swings and candles flicker out, all working together to provide an eerie experience for the viewer. Click here to learn more about BMD’s scenic projections for Addams Family.

View Package Options and Pricing

Props for Rent - Prop Rentals NY

THE ADDAMS FAMILY Props for rent from Prop Rentals NY Prop Rentals NY 516-459-0106 2180 Pond Road Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 Among the collection at Prop Rentals NY: The Runaway Tassel Wednesday’s Songbird Uncle Fester’s Rocket Pack

Keyboard Patch Pro

Today’s Broadway orchestrators rely heavily on keyboard patches with specific instrument combinations, sound effects, tuning, etc.  This vital new product from TRW is the fast, easy and affordable solution to recreating these sounds in your pit and saving your Music Director hours of valuable time programming each keyboard part.  TRW’s Keyboard Patch Pro works exclusively with Apple’s MainStage–the preferred program of Broadway pit musicians. Ordering is easy.  For one flat price, this new ShowGo production enhancement tool will take your orchestra’s sound into the sonic stratosphere.

Includes: Keyboard I/Piano-Conductor Keyboard II

Pricing: $400 

Set Rental - USA

JaDuke Scene Shop www.jadukesceneshop.com 110 Industrial Blvd. Turners Falls, MA 01376 PHONE: (413) 218-2954 FAX: (413) 863-0001 E-mail: sceneshop@jaduke.com

TheatreWorld Backdrops

Costume and Prop Rental from Erie Playhouse

Complete set of costumes, puppets and specialty props available for rental, https://www.facebook.com/Addamsrental. Contact: Richard Davis, richardd@erieplayhouse.org Producing Director Erie Playhouse 13 w 10th Street Erie, Pa. 16501

Set and Prop Pieces for Sale

Set Pieces & Props for Sale: (click on the link do downlod photos and specs) Contact: Andrew Alder aalder@jcboe.net Mathematics Teacher Senior Play Music Director 115 W. Dumplin Valley Rd. Dandridge, TN 37725 865-397-3182 ext. 1117

Prop List

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Prop List

Act 1:

Scene 1

Wednesday’s Crossbow and arrow

Plunger

Fester’s banjolele

 

Scene 2

2 fencing foils

Bouquet of yellow flowers with card

Crossbow

Goose with arrow sticking out of it

Engagement ring on necklace

Animated Tassel (Optional: An effect used in the Broadway and tour productions)

 

Scene 3

Rack with straps

Ratchet-reel with lever

Yellow bird

Pet rat

 

Scene 4

Guidebook

 

Scene 5

Rat

Rapier

Coin-collecting can circa March of Dimes

Loose coin

Football

Fester’s toupee

Tray

7 Glasses

 

Scene 6

Scene 7

2 Cigars

Lever

 

Scene 8

Family Photo Album

Alice’s wine glass

 

Scene 9

Engagement ring on necklace (from scene 2)

Jeweler’s loupe

 

 

Scene 10

Scene 11

Wagon of vials and bottles, one of which an identifiable green bottle

 

Scene 12

Banquet  table including flatware and glasses for 10

Chalice

Napkin

 

Act II

Scene 1

Animated Tassel from 1.2 (optional)

Suitcase

Crossbow

 

Scene 2

Grim Reaper’s scythe

 

Scene3

Blanket

Huge spider on its back

 

Scene 4

Parasols

Banjolele from 1.1

 

Scene 5

Crossbow and suitcase

 

Scene 6

Crossbow and suitcase

Red apple

Blindfold

 

Scene 7

Script indicates “Monster Iguanadon” (large lizard-like monster under the bed)

 

Scene 8

Guidebook

Telephone

 

Scene 9

Morticia’s valise

 

Scene 10

Bullfighter’s cape

Cigar

Green bottle (the one stolen from the cart in 1.11)

Leather flight helmet and goggles

Rocket backpack

Lunch box or sandwich

Virgin America travel bag

American flag on a pole circa the moon landings

Bridal bouquet

Telescopes for the Ancestors

 

Bows:

Black Umbrellas for the Ancestors

Thing on a pillow with a ring on his finger

Lucas and Wednesday’s wedding rings

Light bulb and cloth

Green bottle from 1.11

Baskets of dead rose petals

Hand grenade

Bridal bouquet

Cigars

Glowing pram – Fester’s “moon baby.”

Piles of luggage

Floppy hat and sunglasses

Beret

Top Hat for Itt

Animated Tassel from 1.1, now with a veil