The Addams Family

I saw The Addams Family at the Brookside Theatre in Romford, an amateur production that I nevertheless enjoyed hugely. The musical, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, picks up the story of the famous American Gothic family: the plotline sees an older Wednesday seeking her parents’ approval for her marriage to “normal” boy Lucas. Gomez and Morticia find it hard to accept their daughter is growing up, Pugsley is worried his sister won’t have time for him any more, and the families of Wednesday and her fiancé couldn’t be more different – will everything work out?

Being reasonably familiar with the Addams Family films, I found it hard to get my head around the idea of them singing on stage. However, once I got used to it, I found the songs worked well within the context of the story, and several are particularly catchy. Despite being an amateur production, the performances were strong, with Jai and Harri Sepple a good Gomez and Morticia, and David Phipps-Davis a superb Uncle Fester. I was particularly impressed with Sophie Kingsley’s performance as Wednesday: her vocals would not be out of place on a West End stage.

An entertaining bunch of extras – playing the long-dead Addams family members from different eras – made the most of some superb choreography. Altogether a highly entertaining evening.

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