The Addams Family Musical Comedy Brings Familiar Dark Humor To Singapore
Fresh from a successful run in the U.K., The Addams Family musical comedy is currently on our shores for a limited time.
The well-loved spooky family created by Charles Addams is back in the limelight to revive their signature dark humor together with an array of songs by the Andrew Lippa.
Comprising of Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, and their Grandma, The Addams Family is not exactly what you would call a normal household. Though, the family did try to hide their quirky way of life in the entirety of the narrative when Wednesday introduces her “normal” boyfriend. This happens as Uncle Fester, also the narrator, finds love along the way.
As expected, the “dramedy” takes on a predictable – two distinctly different families collide, a drama unfolds. But the production, as the title suggests, incorporates an existential yet heartwarming dark humor that brought laughter to every side of the theatre.
Carrie Hope Fletcher who plays Wednesday definitely started out as the most-anticipated character in the musical, having gained popularity amongst millennials who’ve been following her Youtube channel. Watching Fletcher effortlessly belt out high notes onstage did trigger some sentiments as I recalled days when I’d watch her videos online as she shared the early years of her career – from being an aspiring author to finally playing Éponine in Les Misérables.
Another Les Misérables alumnus, Cameron Blakely, made Gomez’ tip-toeing character ever so striking with his snappy mannerisms especially evident in numbers like Trapped and Happy Sad.
But the most memorable character was perhaps the family’s manservant, Lurch, played by the talented Dickon Gough who remained composed and steadfast all throughout the show. His comedic antics were well translated through random moans and his signature slow-paced walk that although non-verbally communicated, consistently invoked giggles from the audience.
The musical does try to appeal to youths in the crowd with a couple of modern-day references like dabbing and dialogues that are perhaps repetitively heard from parents these days – in the words of Grandma, “Stop the damn texting and pick up a book!”
With sound effects almost straight out of a cartoon show, the production did execute a well-meaning narrative despite being formulaic. After all, nothing can go wrong with a safe bet, but The Addams Family undoubtedly lives up to being a musical comedy that’s perfect for audiences of all ages. It’s light-hearted, a little spooky, and certainly a must-watch for anyone in need of rejuvenation.
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