ACT­ING OUT Creepy, kooky and com­ing to At­lanta

GA Voice - - Outspoken - By JIM FARMER

While many lo­cal theater com­pa­nies go dark for the sum­mer, On­Stage At­lanta is mak­ing the most of the sea­son. In its De­catur digs, the com­pany is fin­ish­ing a rare stag­ing of the drama, “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” di­rected by DeWayne Mor­gan, and is about to open “The Addams Fam­ily Mu­si­cal.” The show brings to­gether the pop­u­lar char­ac­ters from the fran­chise, in­clud­ing Wed­nes­day, who has grown up and wants to date (ahem) some­one nor­mal. We caught up with the show’s out di­rec­tor, Char­lie Miller, to talk about the show’s res­o­nance and the camp ap­peal of Mor­ti­cia.

GA Voice: How fa­mil­iar with these char­ac­ters are you?

Miller:

I watched the TV se­ries as a kid— I think a lot of us did—and then the movies in the early ’90s. It’s al­ways been part of some­thing I was fa­mil­iar with.

Tell us briefly about its history as a mu­si­cal.

When the [2010] Broad­way show came out, I was su­per ex­cited. Ap­par­ently it had some is­sues on Broad­way so they had to re­tool it, re-do some songs. We are do­ing the tour ver­sion. I think it’s amaz­ing.

Is the mu­si­cal more based on the TV se­ries or the “Addams Fam­ily” films?

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