A Night With The Addams Family

When it comes to the arts, I am all about getting the kids involved, exposed and engaged. From being raised by an artist to working in the arts, I see a true value to having the arts in the boys’ lives.

Last night we had the chance to see The Addams Family Musical at The Aronoff.  While the boys have seen plenty of theatre performances (they’re regulars at the Children’s Theatre), it was their first time seeing a Broadway show.

Overall the evening was a huge success.  The show opens with the classic Addams Family music, which had the boys’ attention right away – they were completely engaged, snapping their fingers with the tune. From the humor of Gomez (who is one of the best performers I have seen) to that of Uncle Fester (who was the boy’s favorite), the show captured their interest and had them laughing through both the first and second acts.

For the adults, I think you’ll enjoy the humor and innuendo, as well as the singing (all of the performers had amazing voices). In particular you’ll enjoy the “Full Disclosure” number that closes out the first act and the bizarre (yet mesmerizing) number where Uncle Fester performs “The Moon and Me.”

My husband and I really enjoyed the show and while it is pretty family friendly, there are a few scenes (Full Disclosure, right before the end of act 1) where the sexual references get a little much for the younger set.   If your kids are like mine though it’ll go right over their heads and they won’t even notice. (I did cover my 6 yr olds eyes when Alice gets her chest grabbed.)

I really think it was a great way to introduce the boys to Broadway theatre.  They enjoyed every minute of the show. At the end of the night I asked the boys if they’d recommend The Addams Family to a friend. Both said yes, and when asked why… They said, “Because it’s so funny, Mom.” ‘Nough said ;-)

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.

Behind the scenes interview with Brian Douglas from Q102

 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY plays at The Aronoff through April 8: Tuesdays-Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, and Sundays at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets start at $27.50 and may be purchased, online at BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, Ticketmaster.com in person at the Broadway in Cincinnati Box Office downtown in the Mercantile Center at 120 East 4th Street and the Aronoff Center Box Office or by phone at 800.982.2787.

If you are thinking about picking up tickets to see THE ADDAMS FAMILY, check out these two deals through Ticketmaster:

  • Me+3 –> 4 tickets for the price of 3. It’s available at all price levels on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 27-29, Tuesday and Wednesday April 3 & 4, and both performances on Easter Sunday, April 8th.
  • Easter Sunday –> 4 tickets for $99 (plus fees). Just use the code Morticia. It applies to all price levels.

Finally, for a review by a professional, check out Rob Bucher’s Behind The Curtain Blog.

Disclosure: Thank you to Broadway Across America – Cincinnati for inviting my family to attend last night’s performance.

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5 comments

  1. Jakebob says:

    Cool! My mom was just asking if I’d like to go to see this one with her. Sounds like I should take her up on it!

    Jake

  2. Andi @udandi says:

    I loved the humor but wondered how kid-friendly the show would be perceived by parents. And Morticia gives double-stick tape a run for its money, eh?! But seriously, that had to be my favorite shows I’ve seen in the last year.

  3. Shannan says:

    I am with you. Overall the boys didn’t seem to notice much of it, though I did cover Brady’s eyes at one point during the dinner party scene.

  4. Morrie says:

    I haven’t seen the Addams Family in a long time and watching this might bring back memories. Glad to hear your boys liked it.

  5. Dorothy says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, but must say that Morticia did NOT need the display of cleavage that was provided by that gown – and she wore only the one gown the entire show. I do not recall the television Morticia being portrayed in that fashion, but then again, I was a kid and proabably paid no attention. I am happy to hear that the blogger’s children didn’t pick up on the innuendo and sexual references, because I thought it totally inappropriate for children – of whom there were many in attendance.

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