Broadway's hit musical comedy THE ADDAMS FAMILY welcomes stage and screen star Brooke Shields in the role of Morticia beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. Shields will play opposite Roger Rees, who stars as Gomez. Shields is replacing Bebe Neuwirth, who originated the role. Click below for the new ADDAMS FAMILY commercial featuring Shields!
In the past decade, Brooke Shields has won rave reviews and has established herself as an acclaimed Broadway musical leading lady with her performances as Ruth in Wonderful Town, Roxie Hart in Chicago and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Her Broadway debut came in 1994 as Rizzo in Grease, for which she won a Theatre World Award. This past summer she starred with Raul Esparza in Alan Menken's Leap Of Faith at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. She recently starred in the new play Girls Talk at the Lee Strasberg Theater, also in L.A. She was recently seen in her own show "In My Life" at Feinstein's at the Loews Regency, sharing stories from her incredible journey in show business in an evening that included songs such as "100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man" and "Swing" (both from Wonderful Town), "Me and My Baby" (from Chicago), "Queen Bee" (from the Barbra Streisand version of A Star Is Born), and a rendition of "Maybe This Time" (from Cabaret). Shields has received numerous awards and accolades for her extensive repertoire of talents. She was nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, and was also nominated for The American Comedy Awards' Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Leading Role for her hit comedy show, "Suddenly Susan." She is the recipient of five People's Choice Awards. A Princeton University, Honors Graduate, Shields is the author of The Brooke Book, On Your Own, Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, and her first children's book, Welcome To Your World, Baby. She released her second children's book It's the Best Day Ever Dad for Harper Collins.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY has grossed more than $65 since its opening in April, 2010. The show recently celebrated its 500th performance on Broadway. A national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY will begin in September of this year at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts in New Orleans. International productions of the musical have been announced for Sao Paulo, Brazil in spring, 2012 and Sydney, Australia in spring 2013. Several other international productions are in the planning stages.
The Broadway cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY stars Brooke Shields as Morticia, Roger Rees as Gomez; Brad Oscar as Fester, Rachel Potter as Wednesday, Jackie Hoffman as Grandma, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley, Heidi Blickenstaff as Alice Beineke, Adam Grupper as Mal Beineke and Jesse Swenson as Lucas Beineke.
Based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, with creative consultation by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Lighting design is by Natasha Katz, sound design is by ACME Sound Partners and puppetry is by Basil Twist.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY is produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Prods., Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, JAM Theatricals/Mary Lu Roffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Co./Clarence, LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.
Schedule Note: THE ADDAMS FAMILY will play Monday evenings at 8 pm, beginning July 11; as well as Tuesday through Saturdays at 8 pm with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 pm.
For more information on THE ADDAMS FAMILY, visit www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com.