Friday, June 19, 2009

Bushnell to Co-Produce 'Addams Family' on Broadway


The Bushnell wil co-produce The Addams Family, a new Broadway-bound musical based on the characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams.

Scheduled for an April 8, 2010 opening, the show will star two-time Tony Award® winners NATHAN LANE (The Producers, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and BEBE NEUWIRTH (Chicago, Sweet Charity) as Gomez and Morticia. THE ADDAMS FAMILY is produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Productions (of which The Bushnell is a member), by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical. THE ADDAMS FAMILY will open on Broadway Thursday, April 8, 2010 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced with previews beginning Thursday, March 4, 2010 following a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre in Chicago that begins November 13, 2009.

“We formed Five Cent Productions in 2006 and invested in Elephant Eye to take a pro-active role in the creation of exciting new musicals for Broadway and stages around the world, so it’s especially gratifying to have the first one, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, come to fruition with a brilliant and exciting cast and creative team,” said David Fay, President and CEO of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

Joining Lane and Neuwirth in the cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY are two-time Tony Award® nominee Terrence Mann (Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables) as Mal Beineke, two-time Tony Award® nominee Carolee Carmello (Parade, Lestat) as Alice Beineke, two-time Tony Award® nominee, Kevin Chamberlin (Seussical, Dirty Blonde) as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray, Xanadu) as Grandmama, Zachary James (South Pacific) as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley, Krysta Rodriguez (In The Heights) as Wednesday, and Wesley Taylor (Outer Critics’ Circle nominee this year for Rock of Ages) as Lucas Beineke.

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