FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL TOUR TO PREMIERE IN NEW ORLEANS AT THE MAHALIA JACKSON THEATER SEPTEMBER 15 - 24
TICKETS GO ON SALE JULY 8
New Orleans, LA (June 22, 2011) – The new Broadway musical comedy THE ADDAMS FAMILY, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will kick off its national tour in New Orleans at The Mahalia Jackson Theater with 10 performances: Thursday, September 15 – Saturday, September 24, 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. CDT.
Douglas Sills, a Tony Award nominee for The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Sara Gettelfinger, last seen on Broadway in A Free Man of Color and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will star as Gomez and Morticia. Additional casting will soon be announced.
East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway In New Orleans, now entering its third successful season in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, is pleased to announce that THE ADDAMS FAMILY will be the first Broadway musical to take advantage of the tax incentive programs offered by Louisiana Entertainment, the state's comprehensive entertainment industry development office. The company will arrive in New Orleans August 24, approximately one month prior to opening, to rehearse the production before taking it on the road to more than 30 cities across North America.
“Broadway in New Orleans is honored to present the opening engagement of THE ADDAMS FAMILY national tour,” says David Skinner, general manager of Arts Center Enterprises. “This is a great example of how the tax credits provided by Broadway South work to bring high caliber shows to New Orleans that impact the regional economy and local arts scene.”
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, now in its second year on Broadway, began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. 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 and designed (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, with creative consultation by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Acme Sound Partners and puppetry by Basil Twist.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story. It's every parent's nightmare. Your little girl has suddenly become a young woman, and what's worse, has fallen deliriously in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Yes, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has a “normal” boyfriend, and for parents Gomez and Morticia, it's a shocking development that turns the Addams’ house upside down when they are forced to host a dinner for the young man 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 is 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 Lu Roffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Co./Clarence, LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.
Douglas Sills received Tony and Drama Desk nominations as well as the Los Angeles Ovation Award for his performance as The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway and on tour. He recently starred in the Chicago tryout of the new rock musical White Noise. Additional Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors. National Tours: The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods. New York: Music in the Air, Carnival (Encores), On the 20th Century, Moonlight & Magnolias (MTC), Disney’s When You Wish. Regional: She Loves Me, Peter Pan, A Little Night Music, Much Ado About Nothing, She Stoops To Folly, Showboat, Mack & Mabel, The Philadelphia Story, Chess, Summer People, Mrs. Warren's Profession and many leading roles with the California Shakespeare Festival. Recordings: The Scarlet Pimpernel and Cyrano. Television: PBS with the Boston Pops, CSI, The Closer, Numb3rs, Will & Grace, Any Day Now, Party Of Five, Sabrina and Murphy Brown. Film: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Funny About Love. In addition to Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Douglas has been honored in New York with The Theater World, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. In Los Angeles he has received The Garland, The Dramalogue, and Robby awards. Mr. Sills is a founding member of The Antaeus Company and studied at The University of Michigan and The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Sara Gettelfinger most recently appeared as “Dona Athene” in John Guare's A Free Man of Color at Lincoln Center. Broadway: Seussical the Musical, The Boys from Syracuse, “Carla” in Nine with Antonio Banderas, “Jolene Oakes” in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opposite John Lithgow, as well as the first national tours of Fosse and 101 Dalmatians as “Cruella De Vil.” Other NYC area credits include: “April” in Company (Helen Hayes), “Fastrada” in Pippin (Papermill Playhouse), Tenderloin and Carnival at City Center Encores!, Anything Goes at Lincoln Center and “Little Edie Beale” in the world premier of Grey Gardens at Playwrights Horizons. In 2009, Sara starred as “Fastrada” in the Deaf West production of Pippin at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum. Television: Guiding Light, Ed and Without a Trace. Film: 10 to Midnight, Sex In the City and Forbidden Love. In 2006 Sara was signed to DECCA/Universal Records with the classical-crossover trio Three Graces. Their self-titled, debut album was released in stores/online in March 2008, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Crossover Charts, followed by a worldwide, critically acclaimed concert tour.
SCHEDULE AND TICKETS
Performances are scheduled from Thursday, September 15 – Saturday, September 24 daily at 8 p.m. (no Sunday/Monday evening performance), with matinees on Sunday, September 18 and Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m. For more information on tickets, visit BroadwayInNewOrleans.com, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com/event/189628 or the Mahalia Jackson Box Office. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com/venueartist/221667/1551102 or via phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS). Group discounts for 15 or more are available by calling 504-287-0372.
For more information, visit TheAddamsFamilyMusicalTour.com.
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