Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Addams Family Musical | UK Tour


Saturday 20th May 2017 - New Wimbledon Theatre
Cast: Samantha Womack, Cameron Blakely, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Les Dennis

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Just under two weeks ago I saw the tour of the Addams Family musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. I am a big fan of the composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa; so when I heard that the musical would make its UK debut tour, I was very excited and had to get my tickets then and there.

The storyline follows Wednesday Addams, who is now eighteen-years-old and has fallen in love with a Jock who her parents have never met. When the couple secretly become engaged, Wednesday confesses her secret to her father, begging 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. To make matters even worse, Wednesday has invited Lucas and his parents, Mal and Alice, to the Addams' family mansion for a dinner to become better acquainted with her family. How will the dinner go? Will Wednesday ever tell her family the big secret?

The show has all the ingredients for a successful musical comedy: show-stopping musical numbers, witty dialogue, character development and a happy ending. Everything that we know and love about the Addams' family is included, with well complimented costumes and wonderful set design.


I have to say, the cast for this tour is exceptional! Cameron Blakely it seems was born to play Gomez Addams, with his depiction of the character being the perfect balance of crazy and charismatic. Samantha Womack as his wife Morticia is surprisingly good, seeming completely at home gliding effortlessly across the stage with her character's dark and sultry ways. Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday Addams was a particular highlight, with her portrayal of Wednesday Addams came alive on stage with her powerful vocals truly stealing the show. Valda Aviks and Grant McIntyre as Grandma and Pugsly both had their moments to shine, providing comedic value to the show. Lastly Les Dennis did a great job as Uncle Fester, the man who falls in love with the moon.

There are some incredible stand-out songs in this show. I went in knowing the song 'Pulled' very well, but found that each and every song was either very catchy or emotionally written. Highlights for me included the opening of the show 'When You're An Addams', Wednesday's 'Pulled' and the climax of act one 'Full Disclosure'. However, the song that was most memorable and the one I left the theatre humming was 'Crazier Than You' which brightened up the second act.

Overall, a fun musical with catchy music and an exceptional cast; I was smiling as much by the end, I just didn't want it to end. The songs and the characters are really what really make this crazy and cheesy musical. If it's coming to a theatre near you, get out and see it! It's definitely a musical that I'd love to see come to the West End.


The Addams Family musical is currently touring the UK until the 4th November 2017.
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