Addams Family: the Musucal
The play opens with the Addams family revealing Wednesday has come of age. She emerges from a coffin, has her braids cut off and agrees to the family traditions, including a mate must be chosen for his honesty and passion (When you're an Addams). Uncle Fester, taking the role of narrator, tells us that Wednesday, under protest, has invited her new boyfriend Lucas Beineke and his parents, Mal and Alice to dinner, where they will play "The Game". While torturing Pugsley on a rack, Wednesday admits that she is having strange feelings of love and compassion for the first time in her life (Pulled). As dinner approaches, Gomez swears his love for Morticia (Where Did We Go Wrong). Wednesday, in turn, fears humiliation by her family in front of Lucas's parents, just as the Beinekes arrive (One Normal Night). Wednesday upsets her family by wearing a yellow dress similar to Alice's. Lucas and Wednesday, away from their families, profess their passion. Gomez and Mal share a drink where Mal is introduced to Beatrice, the family's giant pet squid, and Alice admits to Morticia that her marriage to Mal has grown passionless. Gomez and Morticia explain they meet every night for a Tango, in order to keep their love alive (Morticia). Morticia hears Wednesday call her old and worries she's getting crows feet. Meanwhile, Pugsley is worried that Wednesday's growing heart means she won't torture him anymore. He steals a potion from Grandma Addams after she reveals it will bring out someone's dark nature. Pugsley plans to slip it to Wednesday at dinner in the hopes that she'll break up with Lucas (What If?). At dinner, "The Game" is played, where each member of the dinner table tells a secret. Gomez tells a story about scaring away crows and their feet, but upsets Morticia by accidentally comparing her to a goat (Full Disclosure). Uncle Fester admits he's in love with the moon. In a mix-up, Alice drinks Pugsley's potion and in front of everyone declares her marriage to Mal a loveless mess (Waiting). As a furious Mal attempts to leave with his family, Wednesday declares she and Lucas are getting married, to which a stunned Lucas sheepishly agrees, just as a storm hits the mansion forcing the Beinekes to spend the night (Full Disclosure (reprise).
During the storm, Wednesday tries to leave, but Lucas wants to stay and work things out with their families, leading to the pair having their first fight. Later, Morticia fears she is being replaced by Wednesday and is no longer relevant to her own family (Just Around the Corner). Pugsley asks his mother if there is a monster under the bed. She tells him there is and he relaxes but cannot bring himself to confess what he did to Alice. Moments later, an alligator emerges from under Pugsley's bed and crawls off stage with the bed on its back. Walking out in the yard, Wednesday runs into Gomez. He is happy she's found someone to love, yet sad that his daughter is growing up (Happy/Sad). Gomez leaves after Lucas returns. Wednesday worries that they are too different. Then as a show of trust, Lucas blindfolds Wednesday and lets her shoot an apple off his head with her crossbow. She succeeds and the two embrace (Crazier Than You). Uncle Fester calls for an interlude as he plays his banjo, singing a love song to the Moon (The Moon and Me). In the cellar, Gomez and Fester attempt to get Mal to open up about his feelings, to no avail (Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love). He's ultimately kidnapped by Bernice and pulled into the sewers. Alice, envious of Gomez and Morticia's love, asks Gomez to teach her how to tango (In The Arms). He complies, but Morticia arrives and sees this as a sign of infidelity. Gomez and Morticia engage in a sword fight, where she tells him she hates him (Live Before We Die). He counters that she loves him. The two go back and forth, before realizing love and hate are two sides of the same coin and they kiss and begin to tango (Tango de Amor). The cast reunites on stage as Mal returns from the sewers. He's learned to appreciate what he has after spending time in the arms of a passionate squid and announces he still loves Alice. With all the couples reunited, Pugsley admits to slipping the potion to Alice, but is congratulated since it brought everyone together. Uncle Fester, wearing a rocket, tells everyone he's flying off to be with the moon. As the families sing one last ballad they are all shocked as Lurch sings out loud for the first time ever, just as a puff of smoke is seen on the moon, signaling Fester has just landed (Move Toward the Darkness).
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