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The Addams Family Brings Darkly Entertaining Characters to Penn State Feb. 14

January 21, 2013 | By Laura Sullivan
Director, Marketing and Communications
UNIVERSITY PARK (Monday, Jan. 21)—In the mood for a different kind of Valentine’s Day date? The Addams Family, a touring Broadway musical comedy, brings the delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to spooky and spectacular life at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

Section one and two tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $62 and $53 for an adult, $44 and $38 for a University Park student and $54 and $48 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune writes that The Addams Family, inspired by characters that first appeared in Charles Addams’ New Yorker comics, is a “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy.” John Simon of Bloomberg News calls the show “uproarious.”

The Addams Family features an original story. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. But everything changes for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) created the macabre musical comedy with production supervision by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Susquehanna Bank and Rex Energy sponsor the presentation. FOX 8, ABC 23 and 3WZ 95.3 FM are the media sponsors.

Photos of The Addams Family for media use are available to download at

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