Talk about perfect timing-”The Addams Family” musical makes it to Dallas in time for the holiday–Halloween, of course. That would have to be the high holy days for this show based on the bizarre, twistedÂ family first created by cartoonist Charles Addams in the 1930s.
Yes, the creepy, cartoonishÂ Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Wenesday and Pugsley have hit the stage at the Music Hall at Fair Park for the north Texas premier of the national tour. The musical comedy with a look on the dark side of lifeÂ gives those in the mood to celebrate this month of spookiness a festive alternative to haunted houses.
This musical features theÂ Addams Family, once the subject of numerous cartoons andÂ a 1960s TV show,Â in aÂ bit of a familyÂ dilemna. Daughter Wednesday has fallen in love with a boy who is–gasp–rather normal. He’s fromÂ middle America, and his mother dares to wearÂ yellow, shocking toÂ the Addams, aÂ family entrenched in black.
The show is clever with itsÂ sometimes dark, sometimes PG-ratedÂ humor. Cortney Wolfson is adorably kooky as WednesdayÂ withÂ a great voice. Douglas Sills as Gomez, who remains smitten with his shapely wife, andÂ Blake Hammond as the moon-obsessed Uncle FesterÂ are terrific in their roles. The ghostly-spirits of the ensemble are great dancers who add a lot to the show. Sara Gettelfinger’s turn as MorticiaÂ is remarkable mostly forÂ her ability to refrain from a wardrobe malfunction in a dress that is cutÂ distractingly, scarilyÂ low.
“The Addams Family” opened on Broadway in March of 2010 and closed in December 2011. It was a popular show with audiences, but one without much critical acclaim. No Tony Award for this show, andÂ neither does it boastÂ a realÂ toe-tapping musical number. So it’s fun like candy corn orÂ popcorn balls–nothing too meaty butÂ something that leaves you happy.
Dallas Summer Musicals (www.dallassummermusicals.org)Â presents this spirited musical through Oct. 21. Bring your fingers to snap along with the overture, and you’ll open the door toÂ more treats that creeps.