The Addams Family – Do you still remember them? Looking back, I think it’s already more than a decade since I’ve last watched the cartoon TV show. I couldn’t remember the cartoon’s storylines, but I vividly remember how the family looks like and most especially their addicting and upbeat theme song. Thus, when my boyfriend and I found out that Atlantis Productions will produce a musical show of The Addams Family, we didn’t hesitate to buy tickets as soon as they became available.
Here’s what the show is about:
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, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomes Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Mortricia.
Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
Right at the beginning, the show already grabbed my full attention. The catchy introduction and the appearance of the whole Addams family members immediately put a smile on my face. They’re just exactly what I remembered from the cartoon. Seeing them once again is nostalgic enough to wish to relive my childhood memories.
The Addamses are described as one bunch of bizarre family and they certainly emit a dark, sinister atmosphere that will doubt one’s intention to befriend them; more so as they live in a massive, creepy mansion in the middle of nowhere. But this show isn’t about their house or their everyday lifestyles. This is about Wednesday Addams’ confession to her father about her engagement with Lucas Beineke and how the father should keep it a secret from her mother. More interesting things will happen as the Addamses invited the Beinekes for a dinner.
Talk about awkwardness. Witnessing the situation Lucas and Wednesday are in, I could definitely understand their firm instructions to their family to act “normal”. While the Addamses have their own bizarre personalities, the audience could also see that the Beinekes aren’t that far from being peculiar as well, especially Lucas’ mother. But this doesn’t just happen in musical plays or movies, as this meet-the-parents stage also happens in real life and is experienced by the majority. I guess this makes the musical more enjoyable to watch. The audience could definitely relate to Lucas and Wednesday, as well as to the people surrounding them with regards to how each member of the family handles and reacts to the situation.
As much as the Addams family is peculiar and seems to be living in their own version of the world, they’re still like any other families we meet. Aside from young love, I love how the show is able to represent the ideal concept of family in them. The Addamses may not be perfect, but their value in familial relationship is given importance. They’re honest and open with their feelings which prove to be one of the significant factors to build a relationship stronger – from the husband and wife to the parent and daughters/sons relationships. Who would’ve thought that they could unexpectedly change the lives of the Beinekes for the better as well?
All I can say is that I’m deeply impressed with this musical. Throughout the show, I’m mesmerized by the performance. The show is well executed and the talented cast members are just perfect for their roles. Seated near the stage, I could see the cast’s vibrant expressions, evident that they know their characters well. They have successfully demonstrated the unique personalities of each member of the Addams and Beineke families.
I am also equally impressed with the choreography, make-up, props, and costumes made for this musical show. The production team undoubtedly captures the essence of the show. This is definitely a great place to let our imaginations run wild. Watching The Addams Family makes me feel like I’m transported into another world. The cast absolutely deliver their dialogues well and sing and dance amazingly. The live orchestra just proves to be just as talented as well.
Two-thumbs up for the show and for everyone who took part in this production! I’m highly entertained and amazed with the outcome of the musical. It’s unexpectedly witty, reflective, and humorous. It’s heartwarming to even hear children in the audience laughing with us. I could watch it again and again without any hint of hesitation. Shows like this will definitely uplift the Philippines’ theater industry to the global stage.
Main Cast: Arnel Ignacio as Gomez Addams; Eula Valdez as Mortricia Addams; Kayla Rivera as Wednesday Addams; Ryan Gallagher as Lucas Beineke; Jamie Wilson as Uncle Fester; Jimmy Marquez as Grandma; Calvin Millado as Mal Beineke; Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Alice Beineke; Ikey Canoy as Lurch; Anton Posadas as Pugsley Addams