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The Addams Family Broadway musical version comes to Colorado Springs

by REBECCA CELLI rebecca.celli@gazette.com - Updated: March 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm

7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $38-$58, 799-4139, pikespeakcenter.org

You know that song, maybe better than you know "The Addams Family."

"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky, The Addams Family."

The touring production of the Broadway musical will bring that catchy tune, that kooky family and more extravagant costumes and over-the-top song-and-dance numbers than Thing could shake a finger at to Pikes Peak Center with "The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy." It opens Tuesday.

The show brings to life all the familiar characters of the iconic New Yorker comics, the 1960s television show and two recent films of the same name.

Tipping its hat to the 1967 Hollywood classic "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?," this version tells the story of what happens when spider-loving Addams daughter Wednesday (played by Jennifer Fogarty) brings home her first nonghoul boyfriend, Lucas (Bryan Welnicki).

KeLeen Snowgren plays Morticia, the mother of the family who's famous for her dry humor, lithe limbs and chalk pale skin.

"It's about a traditional family - with a tinge of morbidity," Snowgren says, with a laugh that's not unlike her character's.

While daughter Wednesday was 6 years old in the television series, her musical iteration is a teenager, Snowgren says, worried about introducing her clueless beau to her peculiar but well-intentioned family.

But the plights facing Wednesday and the rest of the Addams brigade are hardly unique.

Morticia fears growing old; Gomez (Jesse Sharp) is overly protective of his daughter; and Pugsley (Connor Barth) loves his sister almost as much as he loves torturing her.

"This is a play for people who like to laugh, want to see a love story or like pop music. There's something for everyone. But if you're expecting Shakespeare, you'll be disappointed."

But the big question is, how are die-hard fans going to react to a musical interpretation?

"People are gonna want to sing along," Snowgren says.

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