Cast masters macabre madcap musical
Not every show has a live ‘dead’ chorus. But then The Addams Family Musical is, well, different.
Based on the macabre cartoon characters of Charles Addams, the Pahiatua Repertory production of this 2010 Broadway musical opened its three-centre tour in Feilding.
Goth girl Wednesday Addams is in love – but not with any creature of the night. She’s fallen for Lucas, a ‘normal’ student from the mid-west who juggles jobs to keep himself solvent.
Wednesday figures it’s time for his ultra-straight folks to meet her weird extended whanau. That includes wacko Uncle Fester (who has fallen in love with the moon), demented old grandma, Lurch the zomboid butler, and her younger masochistic brother, Pugsley.
Mom Morticia is bound not to approve, so she solicits her father Gomez to aid and abet her cause.
The rest is clever but trad romsit-com stuff as the course of true love never does run smooth – even for the parents of Wednesday and Lucas.
Hayley Tinning’s Wednesday impresses with her distinctive voice and presence. As the swordswishing Gomez, Mark Moran affects an excellent accent – a pity the songs rarely let him show off his voice. Choreographer, costumier, makeup supervisor and co-producer, Vanessa Coogan was a distracted Morticia. Mind you, the costumes and make-up are rather splendid.
Fester was aimiably and tunefully handled by Danny Goodman, with nice touches from Adam Arbuthnott as Lucas, Hannah Mills and Nick Perry as his out-of-their-depth parents, and young Jack Tankersley’s Pugsley.
Gordon Alve’s slick animated back-screened graphics and sets add extra and portable dimension to this more kooky than spooky musical.
Not a particularly memorable or catchy score, the production wouldn’t have missed trimming a few verses or even the odd song, particularly from the routine second half resolution.
Among the stars, Uncle Fester (Danny Goodman) croons for his love, the Moon, in a scene from the Pahiatua Repertory production of The Addams Family Musical.