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The Addams Family Cast Recording

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The weird and wonderful family created by The New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams comes to life on Broadway this spring featuring all the memorable characters: Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday and Pugsley. Written by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), and directed by Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) and Tony Award winning Jerry Zaks. Starring Tony Award winner Nathan Lane (The Producers) as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth (Frazier) as Morticia.

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Decca Broadway is pleased to announce the release of the Original Cast Recording of The Addams Family, available everywhere on June 8, 2010. Based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, The Addams Family has been an enormous popular success and the highest-grossing new show of the season, consistently placing among Broadway's top three grossing shows each week.

The cast recording makes a timely debut having recently received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Original Score for composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa. He previously won the Outer Critics Circle Award® and Drama Desk Award® for writing the book, music and lyrics to The Wild Party in 2000. The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is and directed and designed (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, with creative consultation by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Starring two-time Tony Award®-winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia, The Addams Family also stars two-time Tony Award® nominee Terrence Mann as Mal Beineke, two-time Tony Award® nominee Carolee Carmello as Alice Beineke, three Tony Award® nominee Kevin Chamberlin (nominated for his performance as Uncle Fester), Jackie Hoffman as Grandma, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley, Wesley Taylor as Lucas Beineke and Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday.

Some of the many highlights from the side-splitting musical include; the rousing introductory number "When You're An Addams", the jaunty "Just Around The Corner" by Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Gomez Addams' moving ballad "Happy/Sad, performed by Nathan Lane and the amazing show-stopping full ensemble piece "Full Disclosure". The upcoming album is sure to be a `creepy and kooky' addition to the musical collections of `Addams' fans, both old and new.

1. Addams Family Theme
2. Overture
3. When You're An Addams
4. Pulled
5. Where Did We Go Wrong
6. One Normal Night
7. Morticia
8. What If
9. Full Disclosure
10. Waiting
11. Full Disclosure - Part 2
12. Just Around The Corner
13. The Moon And Me
14. Happy/Sad
15. Crazier Than You
16. Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love
17. Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love (Reprise)
18. In The Arms
19. Live Before We Die
20. Tango De Amor
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B003FRQT8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By College Kid on June 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I saw the musical in NYC for my birthday in April. I'm 22, my family came, mom, dad, 8yr old sister, and best friend who is 21. WE ALL LOVED IT, every age group. I ran to the souvenir line to get the CD but I HAD TO WAIT until (they predicted June 8th I got it June 4th or so) it was recorded. It cost THIRTY dollars there; it's only 12.99 on AMAZON! I'm so mad I didn't check Amazon first.

As far as the music goes:
Some of the songs are so touching, like "Happy/Sad," it literally brings me to tears, and most of the songs are HYSTERICAL, like "In the Arms (of a squid)". Every time I listen to the soundtrack I am back in my seat in NYC watching Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth perform. My favorite songs are "Crazier Than You," "Live Before We Die," "Happy/Sad," and the "Moon and Me." It was hard for me to pick favorites though.

I have to admit some of the songs sound familiar, like they are from other musicals. I tried looking up their titles but only found the Addams Family as results. Regardless they are ALL phenomenal the cast really adds spark to them.

Overall I love this CD. I listen to it over and over again. I'm really glad I purchased it even though it cost me 30 dollars I think it was worth it. I would definitely recommend it and I would especially recommend getting it from AMAZON because it's so much more affordable!

Ps. GO SEE THE MUSICAL ON BROADWAY! Forget what the critics said! It's hysterical and even a little heart moving!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By firefairyangel on September 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
**Spoiler Warning: This review contains details from the plot of the Broadway show. If you haven't already seen the show, you may want to skip this.

Note: I've loved the Addams family as far back as I can remember, and fell in love with it over and over again as I saw the many different versions. As such a big fan, I thought it appropriate to make this soundtrack my 100th review. As fair warning, this contains quite a bit of detail about the plot of the show, so anyone who hasn't already seen it may not want to read this.

As a lifelong fan of the Addams Family, this soundtrack was definitely a must-have item, particularly after seeing the play itself. For many fans, it was difficult to imagine an incarnation of the Addams Family where the characters would spontaneously start to sing. However, Andrew Lippa's score alongside the clever plotline easily managed to bring the family back to life in a way that was creative and original without straying too far from the true Addams spirit. The play finds the family several years later, with Wednesday now a young adult who has fallen in love with a "normal" boy, Lucas Beineke. Having invited Lucas and his family over for dinner, both families must learn to adapt to their children growing up as well. The true genius of this play lies in the way in which it shows how even a family as decidedly unusual as the Addamses go through identical issues to that of the apparently normal Beinekes. Through excellent casting decisions and the generally well-written score, this play makes an incredible addition that keeps the family fresh, introducing them to new fans while never straying too far away from the classic family we know and love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aisle Seat on July 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Attended the show after hearing good reviews from friends and reading "so-so" reviews from critics. How could you miss with a cast like this? Well, the cast is great, the costumes and set design are extraordinary, with some fine special effects and puppetry. Unfortunately, watching the show, the only impressive musical number is the opening ("When You're an Addams")(as appeared on the David Letterman show), with the other tunes unremarkable. I like leaving the theater whistling the tunes, but for this show that did not happen with the exception of the opening.
To my surprise, upon receiving the cast album, I found the score much more tuneful and have listened many times and can't get some of the numbers out of my head. The opening is still the best ("When You're an Addams"), but Gomez's ballad to his daughter, "Happy/Sad" is soulful. As you would expect, Nathan Lane makes the role of Gomez his own, adding vocal touches that are laugh-out-loud. Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday is also a stand-out in "Pulled" and "Crazier than You".
Thanks to Decca for including so many good pictures and full libretto in the liner.

I had a similar experience when I attended the original Broadway production of "Ragtime" years ago, thinking the show was poor with no memorable tunes. Then I received the cast recording, and I still enjoy it to this day with some numbers now considered classics. Don't see how any of the Addams Family numbers will become classics, but I will keep listening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shadow Walker on December 10, 2010
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I was admittedly underwhelmed by the music when I first saw this show on Broadway. There's nothing that is terribly catchy right off the bat, and the songs are a lot less razzle-dazzle than many other showtunes. However, the music did grow on me after I heard it again. It's one of those things where you appreciate it the more you listen.

My favorite songs would have to be When You're an Addams, Crazier Than You, and One Normal Night. Guess I like the more upbeat, fast-paced songs in general! The lyrics are silly and the songs don't take themselves too seriously, which I like. I also liked the beginning Theme (of course!) and the Overture; too bad both were so short! The weak link for me is probably What If, which features Adam Riegler (Pugsley). I'm hesitant to say anything bad about Adam because he's just a kid and I do think he's absolutely precious in the role overall - well, as precious as a malevolent, scheming child can be, anyway - but his voice is understandably not as strong as the others'. This isn't a problem for most of the songs, where Adam plays a supporting role at best, but the issue becomes evident in What If, which features Adam and only Adam.

Other than that, my one gripe is how little the iconic Addams Family theme was incorporated into the music. There was only that tiny bit at the beginning, and that was it. I suppose we listeners should be happy that the theme was incorporated at all; apparently, the theme was a last-minute addition and had been left out of earlier incarnations, because the show couldn't get the song rights. I decided to not knock off a star because that's not really the show's fault.
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