They’re spooky, they’re kookie and they’re in MK-yay!
It isn’t Halloween but the macabre and spooky is in town. I should be ecstatic but I’m romantically filled with melancholy every single day. The Addams Family are my people.
For all the people that don’t feel they fit in, the Addams family give the sense of belonging. Let’s face it, in a world much scarier than anything lurking in the Addams family’s haunted mansion.
I mean, people say scary but I don’t see see what they’re talking about. 💁🏻♀️
The Addams Family have solid credentials. There’s a mum and dad, Morticia and Gomez who are madly in love and their two children. Wednesday a mature and self assured female (YES!) and her younger brother, Pugsley, a sensitive boy. They all live together with their grandma and Uncle always around to enrich their lives.
See, totes normal!
I’ll quickly slip past their love of trying to maim, torture each other for fun. 😂
For this musical, we zoom into the future of any Addams story I can think of. Wednesday Addams is growing up and she’s in love. She’s engaged and whilst Gomez knows, he’s sworn to secrecy and is stuck, keeping his word to his daughter but risking his and Morticia’s perfect no-secrets marriage.
We join the story as they prepare for the Addams family to have a dinner party to meet Wednesday’s secret fiancé and his family, who seem to be most un-Addams like.
Yep, that’s Wednesday in yellow above. What. IS. happening?!
Well, whatever the resolve is, I can tell you I’m still feeling in the dark as much as Morticia was.
And I’ve been trying to get my thoughts together on why.
I love the idea of Wednesday being older, in love. Being dark and an Addams doesn’t exclude romance, obvs, so its not that. But things still felt weird and not good weird.
The musical numbers left me feeling lost. At times I can see how you can easily forget you’re watching the Addams family at all.
How can you lose identity when watching The Addams family?! Thats not right.
New or younger fans of The Addams Family might struggle to pick up the story or be disappointed of the lack of younger siblings funny antics, instead watching them dealing with more adult problems.
And whilst people my age, who grew up idolising Wednesday but now are probably Morticias themselves and sensitive to the storylines of ageing children. I still don’t think it fully satisfied my Addams CRAVING.
BUT if ever there is a time to be kind with theatre, now we need to be.
Yesterday I heard of two separate shows cancelling their performances permanently, and they are not the only casualties. UK Theatre is still not even close to being recovered from the pandemic, so a forgiving
severed hand in this case is encouraged.
The Addams Family musical might not have blown my fishnet socks off but I’m now experiencing a world where The Addams Family is on stage and on tour! When that happens, you go out and support it because hopefully it will bring MORE! More Rocky Horrors, more Addams, more goth, more MORE MORE!! (please) 👊🏼🖤
Things I loved about The Addams Family Musical:
Grandma 👇🏻 her laugh, her stage presence, her jokes, her mishaps. 😂💦
Uncle Fester 👇🏻 pleasure to watch him, very funny and a fabulous singing voice. At times, I wish I could clear all the distractions (dancers), coz he deserved the whole stage to himself.
The Addams Family is at Milton Keynes Theatre 11-15 January 2022. If you catch it, let me know what you think!
Tickets were kindly gifted by Milton Keynes Theatre but they have zero control over what I post, or say about the performance – that’s all me! Thank you for your support.