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Sarasota News Leader April 12, 2013 Page 99 BELOVED, BIZARRE ADDAMS FAMILY COMING TO SARASOTA The 2013/2014 National Tour of the new musical The Addams Family, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its Sarasota premiere April 22 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the hall has announced. The Addams Family, which began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran through December 2011, immediately became one of Broadway's biggest hits, a news release notes. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as "classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!" and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it "uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams," the release adds. notes. "Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother," the release continues. "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," it adds. "In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought The Addams Family features a book by Mar- Addams his greatest acclaim," the release shall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and points out. lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Tickets are priced from $30 to $75. For more The production features an original story, information, call the box office at 953-3368 or and "it's every father's nightmare," the release visit www.VanWezel.org. % The creepy, kooky Addams Family will make an appearance on the Van Wezel stage this month. Photo by Carol Rosegg

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