Notre Dame College Theatre Presents The Addams Family: A New Musical April 5-7

Notre Dame College and its performing arts programs present their 2018 spring musical stage show The Addams Family: A New Musical, based on the ghoulish family of popular culture icons, April 5-7.

Performances, starring the College’s theatre students, are at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, and at 7:30 p.m.  both Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7. All are in Regina Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus. Tickets can be purchased online now and are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors 60 years and older. The show is free for Notre Dame students with current College identification.

Notre Dame’s co-directors of theatre are Pierre-Jacques Brault, B.M., artistic director, and Brian Marshall, M.A., managing director and theatre performance head at the College. The musical is part of Notre Dame’s Joan Cronin Reagan #NDC Performs Series for Spring 2018.

The live stage production, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, features an original story that can be considered every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, daughter in the macabre clan, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable household, a man her parents have never met. Wednesday confides in her father, Gomez, and begs him not to tell her mother. Now her father must do something he’s never done before, keep a secret from his wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The story is based on characters created by Charles Addams in a series of single-panel cartoons that originally appeared in The New Yorker magazine from the late 1930s to late 1980s. The comic and its resultant franchise depict a wealthy extended American family of morbid members oblivious to how their ghastly eccentricities frighten, or otherwise are perceived by, others.

The cartoon has inspired live-action television shows, TV movies, multiple animated series and a pair of feature films, video games and more, as well as a Broadway musical originally starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as the patriarch and matriarch of the family. The play was nominated for multiple Tony Awards, and the franchise theme song, marked by finger snaps, was nominated for a Grammy.

The films starred Anjelica Huston, nominated twice for Golden Globe for Best Actress in the role of Morticia, and helped launch the career of Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday. Other iconic fictional characters in the Addams Family are Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the hair-covered Cousin Itt, along with their butler Lurch and the disembodied hand known as Thing.

The Addams Family originally was produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals By Special Arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.

Tickets to the Notre Dame production also are available at the door prior to each performance.

About Notre Dame Performing Arts Programs

Notre Dame’s performing arts programs encompass vocal, instrumental, theatre and dance and include classes for credit as well as co-curricular components. The College offers a minor in music and a minor in theatre, and private lessons are available from accomplished performing arts faculty on any instrument and for any voice type.

As part of the College’s dedication to arts education, performing arts scholarships are available students thanks to the generosity of various donors.

In addition to its fall and spring semester series, Notre Dame’s performing arts programs support a multitude of campus programming, ranging from an academic year-long Arts & Leadership Living Learning community for residential students to monthly Open Mic Nights, a spring Lip Synch Battle and an annual international immersion to Guatemala in conjunction with the College’s Office of Campus Ministry.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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