THE ADDAMS FAMILY review at Derby Dinner Playhouse

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Derby Dinner Playhouse opened the macabre Broadway musical comedy, THE ADDAMS FAMILY last week and it is phenomenal.  Literally I can’t think of a better word to describe it.  The show mixes nostalgia with modern twists and had the entire audience wrapped up in a magical setting for the evening!   

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare.  Wednesday Addams, the b2ap3_thumbnail_The-Addams-Family-Photo_20170301-204953_1.jpgultimate 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, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.  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.

The cast was spot on, with every character being played by an actor who disappeared into their onstage counterpart, really making you believe they were who they were.  Bobby Conte, who was last seen on the Derby stage playing the Beast, now portrays Gomez, the leader of the Addams clan and his spirit is infectious.  Playing his drop-dead gorgeous wife Morticia is Isabel Nesti, who performs in what looks like 5” heels the entire show and a skin tight dress cut down to there, while never missing a beat.  I especially loved their Tango number! 

My favorite character was Chris Bryant, who played Uncle Fester.  He had me in stitches laughing so much and his song and dance numbers are not to be missed!  Also highly entertaining is Stephen Potter as Lurch.  I love the great sound effects they do with his voice!  Kaylee Annable, Cary Wiger, Aidan Singleton, Elizabeth Loos, Mitchell Lewis, and many more round out an huge cast of surreal characters that you just grow to love as the show goes on!

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is based on the cartoon characters created by Charles Addams, who also inspired the television show that first aired in 1964.  This devilishly delightful musical features music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.  Songs featured in this production are “When You’re An Addams”, “Pulled”, “Wednesday’s Growing Up”, “The Moon and Me”, and more.     

Derby Dinner’s production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY is directed by Lee Buckholz with Musical Direction by Scott Bradley and Choreography by Heather Paige Folsom.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is recommended for ages 13 & up.  A full meal buffet is served at every show and the food is wonderful! 

The show runs through April 9, 2017.  For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit