Aria Entertainment and Music & Lyrics Limited are delighted to present, in association with United Theatrical, Guy James and the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, the UK & Irish premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a musical comedy, with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the creators of multi award-winning Jersey Boys, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on the characters created by Charles Addams. The UK & Ireland Tour, which will open at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on 20 April 2017, will be directed by Matthew White.
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows; she’s fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family! 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. All the usual clan are present – Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al.
The original Broadway production, starring Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, ran for just under two years at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The production also toured the US and international productions have been seen in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Marshall Brickman wrote or co-wrote the film screenplays for Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery, For the Boys and Intersection, and was head writer for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Rick Elice’s play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine nominations and won five 2012 Tony Awards. Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical, Big Fish, the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention and the book, music and lyrics for the Drama Desk award-winning musical The Wild Party. He wrote the song called ‘Evil Like Me’, which was sung by Dove Cameron and Kristin Chenoweth in the 2015 Disney film Descendants.
British director Matthew White has directed the recent UK Tour of The Producers, the UK Tour and West End run of Top Hat, and, for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Candide, Sweet Charity (and West End) and Little Shop of Horrors (and West End).
THE ADDAMS FAMILY is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
For further information, please visit www.addamsfamilymusical.co.uk. Twitter: @AddamsFamilyUK
NOTES TO EDITOR
Aria Entertainment is a theatrical production company headed up by Producer and Company Director Katy Lipson.
Aria Entertainment is a recipient of a Stage One bursary for new producers, as well as being a proud member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre. Aria Entertainment has received several Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England and works on and off-West End in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.
Notable credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre), The Secret Garden – In Concert (UK Tour), Children of Eden – In Concert (Prince of Wales Theatre), Marry Me A Little, Forever Plaid and Jerry’s Girls (St. James Theatre), Rags – In Concert (Lyric Theatre), The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse), as well as new musicals When Midnight Strikes, The Return Of The Soldier, The House Of Mirrors And Hearts and The Stationmaster at various off-West End venues. Future productions include a revival of Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse).
Katy is also resident producer at Manchester’s newest independently-run theatre, Hope Mill Theatre. Productions there include Parade and Hair and in 2017 they will produce three new musicals.
Katy is proud to have launched the only new musical theatre season, called From Page to Stage, aimed at the public and industry alike. Over four years, the season has supported over 50 new musicals in development and this year will present the UK Premiere of Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street.
Music & Lyrics Limited is an award-winning nationwide consortium comprised of the UK’s major independent touring theatres. It aims to champion music theatre in all its forms and provide extended life to productions created by the UK’s major producing theatres. Music & Lyrics won The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards 2012.
Music & Lyrics was founded in 2011 and its inaugural production was a revival of Curve Leicester’s celebrated production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, which was nominated for Best Touring Production in the UK Theatre Awards 2012. This was followed by a tour of High Society in 2012. The 2013/14 tour of Fiddler on the Roof starring Paul Michael Glaser and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood was nominated for three awards in the Manchester Theatre Awards including Best Musical, and won Emily O’Keefe the BroadwayWorld.com UK Award for Best Featured Actress in a New Production of a Musical for her role as Tzeitel. Between them, these three tours played over 500 performances, were seen by almost half a million people, and grossed £12million at the box office.
Music & Lyrics’ most recent productions were the 2014/15 critically acclaimed UK and Ireland Tour of Oklahoma!, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with new choreography by Drew McOnie, which starred Belinda Lang, Gary Wilmot, Ashley Day (nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical for the role), Charlotte Wakefield and Nic Greenshields, and the current UK and Ireland Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Led by Executive Producer, John Stalker, Music & Lyrics is unique amongst touring companies committed to presenting musicals as it is a consortium of the UK’s largest and most successful No1 presenting venues – each member sharing the risks and rewards of bringing major musical productions to large and enthusiastic audiences.