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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

‘The Ad­dams Fam­ily Mu­si­cal’

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)

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