Preview: The Addams Family presented by Mediacorp VizPro
This November, the ookiest, kookiest, spookiest American family pays a visit to Singapore! Coming in straight from their 7 month UK tour, The Addams Family lurches into town at the Mediacorp MES Theatre from now till 3rd December with all of the macabre humour and heart you could ever wish for.
Based off characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, The Addams Family features an incredibly talented cast, with some of the biggest names working on the West End today performing onstage. Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, this production also marks the first time The Addams Family has been produced in the UK, despite it having played multiple runs on Broadway and having gone on several US tours. Said co-producer John Stalker, Executive Producer of Music & Lyrics: “We’re were very lucky to even have original composer Andrew Lippa on board with us for most of the rehearsal period, allowing him to tighten and further improve on the musical numbers.”
At the media call on Thursday, we were treated to three musical numbers from the musical. Headed by three strong female cast members, we were impressed by their powerful vocals and adroit handling of the material. The indomitable Rebecca Thornhill’s rendition of “Just Around The Corner” was a fun, macabre Broadway number while rising star Carrie Hope Fletcher’s “Pulled” showcased her ability to express the abnormally normal emotions Wednesday Addams was going through. We also got a glimpse at the all new ‘Greek Chorus’ introduced in this production, where Addams ancestors from various countries danced around, invisible to mortal eyes while getting up to mischief and mayhem at the mansion.
Finally, the showcase ended off with Charlotte Page as Alice Beineke, as she brought down the house with an emotional excerpt from “Full Disclosure”, the closing number of Act 1.
Said John Stalker: “One of the biggest challenges of The Addams Family is the sheer size of it all. But while the US tour had to be carted around on 21 trucks, ours only needed 4 when we toured the UK. There’s always a need to keep the musical economically viable and also reach out to a wider audience, and we’ve added in new elements such as a ‘Greek Chorus’ of the Addams ancestors to play our ensemble.”
He also attributes part of the musical’s success to the valiant social media efforts put out by Carrie Hope Fletcher, who plays Wednesday Addams. Fletcher was most recently seen on the West End as Eponine in Les Miserables, and was also given a WhatsonStage Award for ‘Best Take Over in a Role’ for it. Carrie also happens to be a social media personality, with over 631,000 subscribers on YouTube, where she uploads weekly ‘Watch Me, Wednesday!’ videos to help promote The Addams Family, alongside her regular vlogs.
For Carrie, the chance to play Wednesday was a dream come true. Said Carrie: “There aren’t many roles that really let a young actress really let go, not to mention she gets so many amazing songs.”
But Carrie also warns her many fans that behind the glitz and glamour is a tough life: “For every successful audition, there are 10 more unsuccessful ones you don’t see. I’m still waiting to hear back from a couple I auditioned for earlier this year, fingers crossed, but it’s all you can do to just keep pushing forward.”
On how similar she is to Morticia Addams, Rebecca Thornhill, who plays Morticia Addams, said: “If you know me, I’m actually a pretty bubbly, energetic person in real life, nothing like Morticia’s calm, cool collected persona. Even so, it’s actually really easy to get into character once you put on the black wig and dress, kind of like how girls don’t feel all glammed up until they wear the gown and makeup!”
Said co-producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment: “It’s amazing how Andrew Lippa managed to weave in the unforgettable theme song into almost every song in the musical, with so many different genres such that there’s really something for everyone.” Whether you’re a fan of the films or completely new to The Addams Family, come redefine normal as you get blown away by the unforgettable suite of songs and heartfelt storyline that pushes past the oddly familiar all-American family that anyone and everyone will certainly find relatable.
The Addams Family plays at the Mediacorp MES Theatre till 3rd December 2017. Tickets available from SISTIC