Trip to Broadway Play: The Addams Family

                Twenty Honors College students witnessed a spectacular event on Friday, March 25, 2011 as they viewed “The Addams Family” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway.  The cast was simply charming in every sadistic way possible. 
                Whether in a mezzanine or orchestra seat, the audience got an “up close and personal” experience due to the intimate theater setting.  This worked extraordinarily well at this particular Broadway show since it was anything but ordinary. 
               
A recurring theme for the entire performance was love.  Anyone familiar with the 1960s Addams Family T.V. comedy series knows the word “love” is barely mentioned except maybe during references of death, grief, or torture.  Even kissing is rare-- except when Gomez frantically kisses his wife’s hand up to her neck.
                The Addams family has surely become more modern.  Wednesday Addams has grown up, and is now dating what she calls a “normal” guy named Lucas Beineke.  Still, interestingly enough, Lucas begs his own family to act “normal” when they are invited over to the Addams house for dinner.
                Although the storyline revolves around Wednesday and Lucas’s love struggle, every character tries to overcome their own struggle with this complex emotion.
                This even included sibling love!  Pugsley Addams’ character, played by Logan Rowland, was simply enchanting.  His acting and musical ability proved he is truly a child prodigy.  But it was one scene with all the company that demonstrated he is also quite human.  During the Full Disclosure scene, Grandma Addams clearly ad-libbed one of her lines.  It was so hilariously funny that Grandma had both Pugsley and the audience in complete hysterics.  As much as Pugsley tried to contain himself, there was no hiding it, but it was absolutely forgivable, since the rest of the cast could not help to wear a smirk or two either.
                The laughter, music, and fun all sum up the bizarre Broadway “Addams Family” experience! 
                This play also allows the viewer to feel a little better about his or her own dysfunctional family.  Its message is clear: No family is normal or immortal, but only love survives.
                So go enjoy your life and see “The Addams Family” on Broadway now!