Charles Addams’ ghoulish clan has locked down some prime real estate to haunt, with new tuner “The Addams Family” set to open at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater on April 8.
The venue for one of the most hotly anticipated musicals of the season has been a badly kept secret for weeks now, especially since Disney announced it would close the current Lunt-Fontanne tenant, “The Little Mermaid,” Aug. 30. The 1,500-seat theater is one of a handful of Rialto houses in the immediate Times Square radius to benefit from maximum tourist foot traffic.
Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, the British directing and design team behind cult show “Shockheaded Peter” and Philip Glass opera “Satyagraha,” will make their Broadway debuts helming the musical, with tunes by Andrew Lippa (“The Wild Party”) and book by “Jersey Boys” scribes Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, adapted from Addams’ iconic cartoons. Sergio Trujillo (“Next to Normal”) is choreographer.
Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth star as Gomez and Morticia, whose family is put to the test when outsiders arrive for dinner. Cast also features Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlin, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Adam Riegler, Wesley Taylor and Krysta Rodriguez.
Following a tryout run at Chicago’s Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theater that begins perfs Nov. 13, the tuner starts previewing March 4 on Broadway.
Lead producers are Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Prods., by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.