REVIEW: Musical Treats in Time for Halloween

by Joy Donovan on October 7, 2012

'The Addams Family' musical haunts the Music Hall at Fair Park in time for Halloween. Photo courtesy Jeremy Daniel.

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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, twisted family first created by cartoonist Charles Addams in the 1930s.

Yes, the creepy, cartoonish 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 life gives those in the mood to celebrate this month of spookiness a festive alternative to haunted houses.

This musical features the Addams Family, once the subject of numerous cartoons and a 1960s TV show, in a bit of a family dilemna. Daughter Wednesday has fallen in love with a boy who is–gasp–rather normal. He’s from middle America, and his mother dares to wear yellow, shocking to the Addams, a family entrenched in black.

The show is clever with its sometimes dark, sometimes PG-rated humor. Cortney Wolfson is adorably kooky as Wednesday with a great voice. Douglas Sills as Gomez, who remains smitten with his shapely wife, and Blake Hammond as the moon-obsessed Uncle Fester 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 Morticia is remarkable mostly for her ability to refrain from a wardrobe malfunction in a dress that is cut distractingly, scarily 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, and neither does it boast a real toe-tapping musical number. So it’s fun like candy corn or popcorn balls–nothing too meaty but something that leaves you happy.

Dallas Summer Musicals (www.dallassummermusicals.org) presents this spirited musical through Oct. 21. Bring your fingers to snap along with the overture, and you’ll open the door to more treats that creeps.

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