'The Addams Family' stage show coming to Auditorium Theatre

05:00 AM, Feb 03, 2013

"The Addams Family" is at the Auditorium Theatre from Tuesday through Sunday. (SCOTT SUCHMAN)/


Written By Debbie Waltzer

If you go

What:
The Addams Family.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m next Sunday.
Where: Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St.
Cost: $32.50 to $67.50.
For tickets: Available at the theater box office, (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Charles Addams was one funny dude.

In one of his cartoons, published in the Aug. 14, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, Morticia and husband Gomez are reading in the parlor one evening, while young son Pugsley plays with his toys on the floor.

The caption reads: “Now kick Daddy good night and run along to bed.”

The Addams Family fun continues this week at the Auditorium Theatre, as the eccentric clan — which also includes daughter Wednesday, Uncle Festa Grandma and trusty butler Lurch — stops for a visit.

Rochester’s eight-show run is the first leg on the production’s 47-city national tour. The cast is then scheduled to perform in China late this summer.

Expect to laugh, says actor Jesse Sharp, who has signed an 18-month contract to play the lead role of Gomez.

The show is silly, and it’s fun, with great music and great lines,” says Sharp, whose credits include the Asian tour of Grease (as Vince Fontaine) and the U.S. tour of Henry and Mudge (as Henry’s dad).

If you liked Spamalot and The Producers, then you’re going to love The Addams Family musical,” he says.

KeLeen Snowgren, who plays Morticia, has four national tours under her belt: Hairspray, The Producers, The Will Rogers Follies and Spamalot.

I love this show,” Snowgren says. “You’re going to see all the kooky characters, a lot of witty moments and a lot of funny one-liners. It’s a night of pure enjoyment. You’re guaranteed to laugh your head off.”

In this version of the story, our little Wednesday is all grown up (well, 18 or so), and has fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family.

Ouch.

On top of that, she makes her dad promise not to tell her mom. Everything is about to change for the whole family when they host a dinner party for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

From hundreds of New Yorker cartoons through 64 episodes of a TV series, two movies and now a Broadway musical, The Addams Family continues to make people laugh.

I don’t think there’s enough silliness in our culture,” Sharp says. “This show makes up the gap.”