The Addams family made their Broadway debut on April eighth, 2010, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show ran for seven hundred and twenty-two shows before it finally closed its doors. The music and lyrics were by Andrew Lippa, while the book (consider it the script) was by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
The play has Wednesday bringing her boyfriend – normal boy Lucas – to meet the family. Tensions mount, but everything works out in the end. Also, Uncle Fester uses a backpack rocket to fly to the moon at the end. Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth played Gomez and Morticia during the original run.
Switching Sides for the Movie
Uncle Fester has been a part of the Addams family since the beginning, but he hasn't always come from the same side of the family. For the television show in the sixties, he was Morticia's uncle, and thus not actually an Addams. However, for the movies, he was Gomez's brother, Fester Addams.
The change was perhaps an attempt to correct this oversight and make sure everybody in the house was a true member of the Addams family, but other than that, the reasoning is unknown. It's not like he really looks like either of them. Maybe Morticia can also power light bulbs.
A Surprisingly Colorful Set
Despite the show being shot in black and white and focused on characters that love the color black, the set was full of varying shades of pink and red. Why? Well, even though the show was going to be in black and white, the producers wanted to give it varying shades of gray when viewed.
This means the elements of the set had to be in particular colors to show up properly. It was surely a bit odd to step onto the brightly-colored set and act like you were in a house that was all dark and gloomy. It didn't seem to affect the actors and actresses that much.
The Chocolate Family
People have been parodying or giving nods to the Addams family ever since the first television show came out, but did anybody really expect the M&M's candies to do it? An ad came out in 2007 that had the multi-colored candies recreate the original opening of the show, using the theme song and everything.
It was an ad for M&M's dark chocolate, and the ad proved to be incredibly successful. According to firms that measure the success of ads and product placements, it was the best commercial that aired during the month of April. You can still see the ad online, and it really did the original justice.
Recovering From a Long Night
During the 1993 film “Addams Family Values,” Gomez and the newest addition to the family, young son Pubert, are recovering from a bachelor party. Gomez fixes himself something that he refers to as “Hair of the Dog,” referencing a popular hangover cure.
After that, however, he goes on to fix the infant Pubert, something he refers to as “Hair of the Pup,” which raises some worrying questions. At the same time, Pubert is wearing a pair of sunglasses, which goes on to suggest Pubert might have gotten a little too wild the night before. We don't know if Morticia would approve, but it is the Addams family.