Hearne: Improved Addams Family @ Starlight Worth Checking Out, Theater Insider Says

Not every show makes it big on Broadway…

Not even a number of the good one. So says Theater League main man Mark Edelman. Something about it being too expensive to "fix" things when a show gets off on the wrong foot. Which doesn’t mean things can’t be fine tuned later before the show hits the road.

Which is exactly what happened in the case with the Addam’s Family musical that opens tonight at Starlight Theatre and plays through Sunday, Edelman says.

"It wasn’t a hit on Broadway but the authors went back and tweaked a few things and the word I got is the tour is better than the show on Broadway was," Edelman says.

Including the cast…

"Well, the guy who’s playing Gomez is a great guy and a terrific performer," Edelman says. "He starred in the Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway and he’s a really good-looking man. It was really a coup for Starlight to get him. His name is Doug Sills."

Edelman’s favorite Addams Family TV show memory?

"Actor John Astin who played Gomez was one of my favorite television actors as a kid," Edelman says. "And then he married Patty Duke. He taught me at an early age how to make love to a beautiful woman. How to satisfy my wife by kissing her up the arm. He taught a generation of guys how to be romantic to their wives, for which I am grateful."

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