America’s favorite bizarrely macabre yet loveable family is back, this time singing on stage.
In the musical comedy “The Addams Family,” gothic daughter Wednesday has fallen in love with a “normal” young man. She requests that her parents, Gomez and Morticia, host her fiancé and his parents for dinner on one condition — that they act normal. But anyone who knows the Addams family knows acting normal is out of their realm.
“The Addams Family” runs Friday, June 7, through Saturday, July 6, at the Arizona Broadway Theatre.
Matinees on Saturdays, Sundays and select Thursdays will feature a dinner at noon, with curtain time set for 2 p.m. For evening performances Tuesdays through Sundays, dinner seating is at 5:30 p.m., while the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
In the performance, Brad York will play the part of Gomez.
He said being cast in the role must have been fate, as many people tell him he reminds them of Nathan Lane, who played the family patriarch on Broadway.
York will share the role with ABT alum Matthew John Mello, who was recently seen as J. Bruce Ismay in “Titanic” in 2018.
York, who is also the director of marketing for ABT, has a long history with the organization.
“I’ve been associated with the theatre since it was a sketch on a napkin,” he said.
Once living in New York, he made his way to Phoenix in 2010. Since then, he has enjoyed watching the local talent showcased on stage.
And though he has been in several ABT productions, “The Addams Family” will be his first time on stage in quite some time.
Opposite York will be Renee Kathleen Koher, who plays Morticia. Koher recently played the role of Mary Poppins in 2018.
“She is so good at what she does,” York said.
York also commented that it’s also been fun working with local young talent, like Jasmine Bassham, who will play Wednesday.
Also in the show are Corban Adams and Aaron McCaskill, who will alternate as Pugsley; Lionel “Lonnie” Ruland as Uncle Fester; and Barbara McBain as Grandma.
The part of Alice Beineke will be played by Lynzee Foreman; Lucas Beineke by Nick Williams; and Mal Beineke by Mark Woodard.
The ensemble also includes Kiara Adams, Danny Durr, Liz Fallon, Nick Kuhn, Kristina Leopold, Alexia Lorch, Cesar Razza, Samantha Ross, Jake Sokoloff and Brody Wurr.
Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics, for which he was nominated for a Tony for Best Original Score.
“The Addams Family” originally appeared as a cartoon by Charles Addams. It was later adapted to animated cartoons, a TV series and two live action movies.
It hit Broadway in 2010, closing after 22 months, after which it toured.
But local actors will comprise the cast at ABT.
ABT, Arizona’s one-of-a-kind professional theatre, showcases locally and nationally acclaimed artists and provides sit-down table service prepared fresh.
ABT is located south of West Bell Road off Loop 101, in the P83 district east of the Peoria Sports Complex. Parking is free.
For individual performance date information, contact the ABT Box Office at 623-776-8400 x0.
For tickets, visit azbroadway.org or call the box office at 623-776-8400.
Following its completion at ABT, “The Addams Family” will also run at the Herberger Theater Center.