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The Addams Family- Nov.12, National Tour!

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


Nov. 12 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Nov. 12 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center

10/29/2013 - The Addams Family - National Tour! Mattie Kelly Arts Center, NWF State College, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch, to spooky and spectacular life, appears November 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

Based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, the show is part of the center’s popular Broadway Series. Tickets are on sale now from the center’s Box Office by phone or web at (850) 729-6000 or for $49 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more tickets. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center phone and in-person window is open 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. The performing arts venue is located on the Niceville campus of NWF State College at 100 College Boulevard.

The full-scale national touring show has been hailed by critics across the nation, “Full of charm, wit and surprises that explain why it’s a hit on its national tour” – according to CBS New Orleans. THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

“A visually satisfying, rib-tickling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death!” according to Toronto Post City, this magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning costume and set designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks. The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Craig Cassidy and puppetry by Basil Twist.

In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams’ drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, musical began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran through December 2011, immediately became one of Broadway’s biggest hits. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”

THE ADDAMS FAMILY tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment, Stephen B. Kane and Michael McFadden, by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. For more information, visit

Witness the weird and wonderful THE ADDAMS FAMILY come to devilishly delightful life at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center November 12. There is a $2 per ticket processing fee on all ticket sales. For a photo gallery, show information and online ticket sales see the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website at Come meet the family -- We’ll leave the lights off for you!

EXTRA: Charles Addams: The Man Behind the Family

The musical The Addams Family is inspired by the creations of the legendary American cartoonist Charles Addams, who lived from 1912 until 1988. In 1933, when he was just 21, his work was published in The New Yorker, and over the course of nearly six decades, he became one of the magazine’s most cherished contributors.

Bizarre, macabre and weird are all words that have been used to describe Charles Addams’ cartoons. Yet adjectives such as charming, enchanting and tender can just as accurately be employed to depict the same body of work, as well as the man himself. His unique style and wonderfully crafted cartoons enabled his work to transcend such dichotomies for his millions of fans worldwide.

Charles Addams is most widely known for his characters that came to be called The Addams Family, a group that evolved into multiple television shows, motion pictures and now this Broadway musical. Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma and Lurch existed in various forms and aspects of Addams’ cartoons dating back to the 1930’s but were not actually named by him until the early 1960’s, then the television series was created.

Surprisingly, The Addams Family characters appear in only a small number of the artist’s several thousand works. The majority of his cartoons are occupied by hundreds of other characters, but there is little doubt that those that come to life on this stage are his most beloved creations. Over 15 books of his drawings have been published around the world, including the new collection, The Addams Family: An Evilution, the first complete history of The Addams Family, including more than 200 cartoons, many never previously published. The collect ion also includes Addams’ own incisive character descriptions (originally penned for the benefit of the television show producers) that remind us where these oddly lovable characters came from and, in doing so, offer a lasting tribute to one of America’s greatest humorists.