The Addams Family Musical in Singapore – Part 1 (The Show)

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky: The Addams Family.” – A familiar tune when I was growing up as my parents loved watching re-runs of TV series and I thus learned to appreciate the morbid, macabre world of the Addams Family (though not that I would approve of it in REAL life).

For those who have no idea who the Addams are and what this musical is about, the show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre.

I’ve always loved musical theatre and when I heard that this musical was coming to town, my interest was sparked but I couldn’t really envision how the world of the Addams’ could be translated into a musical! Anyway, off I went to satisfy my curiosity…

Outside the entrance to the Festive Grand Theatre at Resorts World Sentosa:


Brief Synopsis (quoted from advertising material for the musical):

The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is “a visually satisfying, rib-tickling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death!” says Toronto Post City. Created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning costume and set designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, THE ADDAMS FAMILY “is full of charm, wit and surprises that explain why it’s a hit on its national tour” (CBS New Orleans).

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.

Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.


I had the privilege of meeting the entire cast (from the United States) in full costume 15min before the show started and also went on a backstage tour after the show (but you can read more about that in my next post).


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa


Pre-show announcements under normal circumstances would request the audience to turn off their mobile phones or put them in silent mode, however at this show we were also told “…thumb screws, flame throwers and guillotines are not allowed during the performance but are strongly encouraged during intermission”. It was a nice touch which helped to set the right mood before the show… 🙂

The scene opened in the Addams family graveyard where the entire family had gathered to celebrate life and death in a yearly ritual connecting past, present and future.

From Left: Grandma (Amanda Bruton), Wednesday (Jennifer Fogarty), Lurch (Dan Olson), Gomez (Jesse Sharp), Morticia (Keleen Snowgreen), Uncle Fester (Shaun Rice), Pugsley (Jeremy Todd Shinder)

Photo Source: Resorts World Sentosa

Their dead ancestors were then summoned from the grave to join in this celebration and this led to a song and dance routine which had some interesting dance moves including one called “rigor mortis” – that cracked me up!


Photo Source: Resorts World Sentosa

We were then introduced to Wednesday’s new (normal) boyfriend, Lucas Beineke and his parents, Mal and Alice (who spoke in rhyme).

I fell in love with Jennifer Fogarty’s vocals especially in “One Normal Night” where the different characters had their own interpretation of what “normal” meant to them.

The turning point in the show for the Beinekes was the dinner scene when they were invited to participate in the traditional Addams family game “Full Disclosure”.

As explained by Gomez,
“FULL DISCLOSURE!
IT’S A GAME THAT WE PLAY
LET YOUR DARKEST SECRETS GIVE
YOU AWAY
FACE YOUR DEMONS AND THEN
HAPPILY SAY
I’M PLAYING FULL DISCLOSURE
WITH ALL THESE CRAZY HAPPY PEOPLE
FULL DISCLOSURE!”


Photo Source: Resorts World Sentosa

Some local touches had been added to the script as there was even a mention of Singapore’s national icon – the Merlion!

The ever endearing Uncle Fester has been one of my favourite Addams characters and never fails to tickle my funny bone.


Photo Source: Resorts World Sentosa

One of my favourite visual scenes was when Fester sang a love song to the moon (“The Moon and Me”). The use of the black light technique coupled with the depth of the stage created a lovely illusion of Fester “swimming” towards the moon. Ahhh…it was simply magical to watch.

During the first half of the show, I had almost drawn a conclusion that Lurch had the easiest lines compared to the rest of the cast, as most of the time he just gave inarticulate moans in various intonations. However, I was both amused and impressed with his bass vocals when he broke out into song during one of the later scenes.

Fans of the TV series will appreciate some elements from the TV series being incorporated into various parts of the musical, like the signature theme song with the four-note bass line and finger-snap punctuation, as well as the sound of the doorbell. There are also brief appearances by Thing and Cousin Itt.

Jesse Sharp did a brilliant job of portraying Gomez Addams, with his slick moves and charm. Kudos also to the entire cast for their excellent sense of comic timing!

I must also applaud the set designers and well as the lighting designer for making the sets look believable! There were realistic looking props and yet also simple props and backdrops which came to life when the lights came on, as the stage lighting gave them a whole new dimension! Great job guys!!

This was a fantastic musical comedy which kept me thoroughly entertained! With witty lines and catchy music, there’s never a dull moment in the show! A MUST WATCH!!

 

Date: 9-28 July 2013
Time: Tue-Sun 8pm, Sat & Sun 2pm
Venue: Festive Grand Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Ticket Prices (Excludes Booking Fee of $3 per ticket):
Peak Period (Fri & Sat 8pm) – S$175, S$135, S$95, S$65
Non-Peak Period (Sun-Thur 8pm, Sat & Sun 2pm) – S$165, S$125, S$85, S$55

Venue & Admission Rules:
▸ No admission for infant in arms and child below 7 years old. Children aged 7 years old and above must purchase a ticket for admission.
▸ No outside food is allowed into the venue.
▸ No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.

Duration: Approx 2 hours 30 min
Interval: Approx 20 min

Official website – http://www.tafontour.com
FB page – http://www.facebook.com/theaddamsfamilymusical

Official Trailer:


Finally, those who feel famished after the show and want a piece of the Addams, can buy these baked goodies:


Check out what happened when I went backstage in The Addams Family Musical in Singapore – Part 2 (Backstage Tour)

**Disclaimer**
I was invited to watch the musical as part of “The Addams Family Facebook Fans/Bloggers Special” event organized by the kind folks at Resorts World Sentosa but do note that this does not influence my review of the show.
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