It is always a difficult thing to bring a much loved American TV show to the stage and so it was with the Addams Family musical. Somehow the execution of an idea can fall below expectations.
So what was I expecting? More spookiness, more stage effects, a better chemistry between Gomez and Morticia and songs I recognised or better still no songs. However it is a musical!
The storyline was thin, boy meets girl, boy falls out with girl, and boy gets back with girl; both sets of parents initially disapproving. Why? This was a story that certainly hasn`t kept up with modern times. The other storyline is about the relationship within the parental couples; you know the one-where middle aged couples get bored with each other and forget the spark of their youth. So nothing new there.
It’s not all negative though, the costumes, the acting, the make-up and the set were all brilliant, even the script between songs was humorous. The acting and singing from the main characters was superb; Cameron Blakely as Gomez, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday and Samantha Womack as Morticia.
Despite my reservations about the interpretation of the Addams Family onto the stage the audience absolutely loved the show and it was an enjoyable night out.
You can still catch the show at MK Theatre till October 28th.
Tickets from www.atgtickets.com/Miltonkeynes or telephone 0844 871 7652 (booking fee applies)