Sure, sure, Spider-Man is heading to Broadway in a multi-million dollar musical that will have all the glitz and glamor that can be wrung out of the Great White Way, but comparatively quietly, another comics’ based property has been heading to Broadway as well.
Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth will play Gomez and Morticia Addams in The Addams Family, a musical based on the original comic series by Charles Addams - this according to Variety. The two had been working with the production in workshops during the development of the musical.
The cast also includes Jackie Hoffman ("Hairspray") as Grandmama, Kevin Chamberlin ("Seussical") as Uncle Fester, and Krysta Rodriguez ("Spring Awakening") as Wednesday, Zachary James ("South Pacific") as Lurch and Adam Riegler ("Shrek the Musical") as Pugsley Addams.
The story of the musical involves Wednesday falling for a normal person, played by Wesley Taylor, and is slated to open next April on Broadway, with an out-of-town opening in Chicago's Oriental Theatre on November 13th.
"The Addams Family" originally appeared in The New Yorker between 1938 and Addams' death in 1988.