The musical is based on characters from the comics. All versions have the same characters but for the musical they went to the source material. In the TV show, Wednesday is a kid but in the musical she is grown up, has a boyfriend and is about to get married. The whole family is there—Morticia, Gomez, Lurch, Grandma, Pugsley, Fester. It isn’t written to have Cousin Itt or have Thing, but there are places we can potentially put them in. I am not sure I will be able to do that, but we are still some weeks from opening.
What is the biggest challenge?
I’d have to say the size. It’s huge for our size of stage. There are 18 people in the show. Costuming them all, dealing with multiple locations—it’s like problem solving to the thousandth power, because there are
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so many things to figure out. The show is meant for a Broadway stage. We are pulling it down to a 100-seat theater, but still trying to tell the same story so the audience can follow what is going on and none of the fun and spectacle is lost.
What is the LGBT appeal of this musical?
First, it’s a musical with dance and comedy. Morticia is a gay icon and she’s been for years. She is sexy and powerful and strong and beautiful and dark, all wrapped into one. The actress playing her will be wearing her tight, black mermaid dress. It’s also campy and fun. The thing that makes the show funny for me is that [the family] are considered weird and kooky and strange, but look closely and they are just like everyone else. You can identify with them. I think everyone is a little quirky and weird, regardless of where you are in life.
How long have you been with OnStage Atlanta?
I’ve been with OnStage since 2008. I’ve directed a lot, including “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Young Frankenstein,” both of which won the Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards for Best Musical. Acting-wise, I’ve done 15–20 roles, including the lead in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” But I’ve had my hand in everything.
Olivia Kaye Sloan (as Morticia) and Janine DeMichele Baggett (as Wednesday) are among the familiar characters Atlanta audiences can expect. (Photo courtesy OnStage Atlanta)