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The Addams Family Musical

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 14-15

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The Addams Family is synonymous these days with film and TV, but everyone's favorite beastly brood was actually birthed in the art of cartoonist Charles Addams, whose work appeared in The New Yorker (where the iconic family first appeared), Collier's and others from the 1930s until his death in 1988.

Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and their loyal (likely undead) manservant, Lurch, have also made their mark on the Great White Way, with a Broadway musical from composer Andrew Lippa based on an original story by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

No, this is not the Addams Family of the hit '90s theater release or the classic '60s TV show: Wednesday is grown up and in love with--gasp--a nice, "normal" young man. Disaster of disasters, she's bringing him and his family to dinner.

How will Gomez react to his daughter's request that he keep the romance secret from his beloved wife? What foul surprises await Wednesday's beau and his respectable pater and mater at the rambling Addams mansion? What will the ghosts of the ancestors think?

With a 2010 Broadway debut, The Addams Family has since been on an extend tour, taking the production through North America, South America, Australia and Asia. Catch this high-kicking, rollicking re-imagining of the Addamses when it swings through Boise at the Morrison Center.