After months of speculation in the industry, it was today confirmed that The Addams Family, Broadway’s New Smash Hit Musical Comedy based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its Australian premiere in Sydney in March 2013 at the Capitol Theatre.
Produced in Australia by Rodney Rigby (producer of Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys) together with Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, and Five Cent Productions by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatricals and with the support of Events New South Wales on behalf of the NSW Government, the Sydney opening is set to spark up the old ‘Melbourne vs Sydney’ debate.
NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell said securing The Addams Family premiere demonstrated that Sydney is starting to become the number one State for first run musicals in Australia.
“Sydney and NSW is back in the business of attracting the finest in musical theatre — and there is more to come. Musical theatre is now taking centre stage on the NSW Events Calendar.” Mr O’Farrell said.
The Addams Family features a book by Jersey Boys co-writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, Jon & Jen).
Rodney Rigby said “The Capitol Theatre in Sydney could have been easily designed by Charles Addams and is the perfect theatre to be the Australian home of The Addams Family – we cannot wait to move in with Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch!”
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