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Charles Addams’ darkly humorous cartoons, originally published in The New Yorker during the thirties, have become a cultural phenomenon that transcends their initial print origins. Moving beyond the pages of a magazine, the Addams Family has taken on various forms, from a 1960s TV show to two films and a highly successful Broadway musical. The Schenectady Light Opera Company has selected this iconic musical to open its 93rd season, and the performance assures audiences of numerous delightful surprises.
The music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, along with the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, breathe life into the eerie family on the Broadway stage. Under the direction of James Alexander, with Melissa Narusky as the Music Director, this 2010 musical adaptation of the Addams Family tale showcases the ensemble’s talent in a captivating display of creativity.
Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara contributes a distinctive touch to the curtain speech, fervently advocating for arts funding and setting a positive tone for the evening. Director James Alexander and Music Director Melissa Narusky make noteworthy debuts, infusing the production with vitality and style.
Kevin O’Toole delivers a standout performance as Fester, commanding the stage with exuberant energy. Tessa Rivenberg shines as the conflicted Wednesday, offering a powerful rendition of “Pulled” that highlights her vocal abilities. Her on-stage chemistry with Jon Maltz, portraying Lucas Beineke, adds an enchanting element to the performance, particularly in their duet “Crazier Than You.”
Director James Alexander creatively incorporates the Addams Family Ancestors, providing commentary and enhancing scenes with their active presence. The Ancestors’ superior costumes and eerie makeup contribute a visually stunning layer to the production.
In the realm of the Addams Family musical, the Schenectady Light Opera Company’s production promises an evening filled with laughter, surprises, and a touch of the mysterious.