THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A MUSICAL COMEDY TO PREMIERE IN UK AND IRELAND NEW TOURING PRODUCTION TO OPEN ON 20 APRIL 2017
United Theatrical, Aria Entertainment and Music & Lyrics Limited are delighted to present, in association with the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, the UK & Irish premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a musical comedy, with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the creators of multi award-winning Jersey Boys, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on the characters created by Charles Addams. The UK & Ireland Tour, which will open at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on 20 April 2017, will be directed by Matthew White.
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows; she’s fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family! 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. All the usual clan are present – Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al.
The original Broadway production, starring Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, ran for just under two years at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The production also toured the US and international productions have been seen in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Marshall Brickman wrote or co-wrote the film screenplays for Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery, For the Boys and Intersection, and was head writer for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Rick Elice’s play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine nominations and won five 2012 Tony Awards. Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical, Big Fish, the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention and the book, music and lyrics for the Drama Desk award-winning musical The Wild Party. He wrote the song called ‘Evil Like Me’, which was sung by Dove Cameron and Kristin Chenoweth in the 2015 Disney film Descendants.
British director Matthew White has directed the recent UK Tour of The Producers, the UK Tour and West End run of Top Hat, and, for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Candide, Sweet Charity (and West End) and Little Shop of Horrors(and West End).
THE ADDAMS FAMILY is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
For further information, please visit www.addamsfamilymusical.co.uk. Twitter: @AddamsFamilyUK
20-29 April 2017 Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on sale 5 September
www.edtheatres.com 0131 529 6000
9-13 May 2017 Royal & Derngate, Northampton on sale 19 September
www.royalandderngate.co.uk 01604 624811
23-27 May 2017 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury on sale 5 September
www.marlowetheatre.com 01227 787787
30 May – 3 June 2017 Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on sale 21 September
www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk 01702 351 135
6-10 June 2017 Birmingham Hippodrome on sale 12 September
www.birminghamhippodrome.com 0844 338 5000
20-24 June 2017 Hall for Cornwall, Truro on sale soon
www.hallforcornwall.co.uk 01872 262466
27 June – 1 July 2017 Nottingham Theatre Royal on sale 12 September
www.trch.co.uk 0115 989 5555
4-8 July 2017 The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford on sale 12 September
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk 01274 432000
18 – 29 July 2017 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on sale 9 September
www.mayflower.org.uk 02380 711811
1-12 August 2017 Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre on sale 30 September
http://www.wmc.org.uk/ 029 2063 6464
15-26 August 2017 Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin on sale 28 October
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie 0844 847 2455
29 August – 9 September 2017 The Lowry, Salford on sale 9 September
www.thelowry.com/ 0843 208 6000
Further tour dates to be announced.
United Theatrical is an independent theatre producer and general manager established in 2012, dedicated to crafting memorable theatre and music productions of the highest quality in London, across the UK and internationally.
Notable upcoming credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair (Cadogan Hall), Alan Menken and Lynne Ahren’s A Christmas Carol (Lyric Theatre West End), Michael Feinstein and Warner Brown’s new musical The Gold Room (London and New York), and ROSA— a new musical based on the life of American civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Notable previous credits include One of Those (Tristan Bates Theatre and upcoming UK tour), Before After (St James Theatre, Tokyo and upcoming UK tour), Picture Perfect (St James Theatre), Andrew Lippa in his UK debut, and the UK debut of Broadway writing duo Kerrigan- Lowdermilk.
United Theatrical is the co-founder, producer and general manager of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, an orchestra dedicated to playing the very best quality musical theatre in concert in London, the UK and Internationally.
Aria Entertainment is a theatrical production company headed up by Producer and Company Director Katy Lipson.
Aria Entertainment is a recipient of a Stage One bursary for new producers, as well as being a proud member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre. Aria Entertainment has received several Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England and works on and off-West End in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.
Notable credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre), The Secret Garden – In Concert (UK Tour), Children of Eden – In Concert (Prince of Wales Theatre), Marry Me A Little, Forever Plaid and Jerry’s Girls (St. James Theatre), Rags – In Concert (Lyric Theatre), The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse), as well as new musicals When Midnight Strikes, The Return Of The Soldier, The House Of Mirrors And Hearts and The Stationmaster at various off-West End venues. Future productions include a revival of Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse).
Katy is also resident producer at Manchester’s newest independently-run theatre, Hope Mill Theatre. Productions there include Parade and Hair and in 2017 they will produce three new musicals.
Katy is proud to have launched the only new musical theatre season, called From Page to Stage, aimed at the public and industry alike. Over four years, the season has supported over 50 new musicals in development and this year will present the UK Premiere of Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street.
Music & Lyrics Limited is an award-winning nationwide consortium comprised of the UK’s major independent touring theatres. It aims to champion music theatre in all its forms and provide extended life to productions created by the UK’s major producing theatres. Music & Lyrics won The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards 2012.
Music & Lyrics was founded in 2011 and its inaugural production was a revival of Curve Leicester’s celebrated production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, which was nominated for Best Touring Production in the UK Theatre Awards 2012. This was followed by a tour of High Society in 2012. The 2013/14 tour of Fiddler on the Roofstarring Paul Michael Glaser and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood was nominated for three awards in the Manchester Theatre Awards including Best Musical, and won Emily O’Keefe the BroadwayWorld.com UK Award for Best Featured Actress in a New Production of a Musical for her role as Tzeitel. Between them, these three tours played over 500 performances, were seen by almost half a million people, and grossed £12million at the box office.
Music & Lyrics’ most recent productions were the 2014/15 critically acclaimed UK and Ireland Tour of Oklahoma!, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with new choreography by Drew McOnie, which starred Belinda Lang, Gary Wilmot, Ashley Day (nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical for the role), Charlotte Wakefield and Nic Greenshields, and the current UK and Ireland Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Led by Executive Producer, John Stalker, Music & Lyrics is unique amongst touring companies committed to presenting musicals as it is a consortium of the UK’s largest and most successful No1 presenting venues – each member sharing the risks and rewards of bringing major musical productions to large and enthusiastic audiences.