‘Addams’ to give up ghost

Musical will shutter at year's end

Broadway tuner “The Addams Family” will shutter at the end of the year, finishing up a run that began in March 2010.

Musical adaptation of the well-known Charles Addams property roared out of the gate when it began Gotham perfs and sustained strong sales for most of the rest of 2010 despite getting clobbered by the critics when it opened April 8. In more recent months, however, B.O. has tapered off, with the show posted middling sales over the summer season, when tourist traffic has boosted numbers at other tuner offerings.

New York run was preceded by a Chicago tryout that raked in more than $12 million in eight weeks. On Broadway, the production has rung in some $74 million overall. Show has not yet fully recouped its capitalization costs, said to be around $16 million.

“Addams” has a score by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”). Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch did the initial staging; Jerry Zaks (“Sister Act”) came aboard in Chicago to oversee changes to the developing production. Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth led the original cast.

Musical was largely overlooked by the 2010 Tony nominators, with the show scoring noms for score and supporting actor Kevin Chamberlin.

Global strength of the property will likely buoy the title in an upcoming road production, kicking off Sept. 15 in New Orleans, and in international incarnations in Sao Paolo (opening in the spring) and Sydney (skedded for 2013), among other cities around the world.

Currently starring Roger Rees and Brooke Shields, “Addams” is produced by a team led by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Prods. Production will stick it out on Broadway through the year-end holiday frames, when B.O. traditionally spikes prior to the slump that follows in January.

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