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'The Addams Family' at the Ordway tonight

Posted by: Claude Peck under Theater, Openings + closings, People, Tickets Updated: May 8, 2012 - 10:32 AM

The touring version of the Broadway musical version of the television version of the cartoon version of "The Addams Family" opens Tuesday night at Ordway Center in St. Paul.

The clip above, from the Letterman show, features Broadway originators Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia. The touring version has Douglas Sills ("The Scarlet Pimpernel," "Into the Woods") as Gomez, and Sara Gettelfinger ("Seussical," "Nine") as Morticia.

Graydon Royce recently wrote about the show and talked with Sills.

The show got very not-great notices when it came to Broadway (Ben Brantley called it "genuinely ghastly"), but as Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune points out, it was significantly retooled, with new songs, new music and a revised book, for the tour. Jones said it was a rare case of a touring version that is better than the Broadway staging.

The Star Tribune review will appear Wednesday on the website, and Thursday in the print edition.

The clip below gives a look at the touring version.It runs at the Ordway through May 20. 651-224-4222.

 

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