It’s been months since we’ve had a really good soaking rain in Tulsa. Sure, this January’s sunshine and mild weather is welcome by many especially when you compare it to last year’s record winter, but I think we all agree that a little rain is a good thing. I was glad to see the rain last night and this morning. My backyard pansies sure seem happy, too.
We’ve had several storm systems blow through over the past several weeks, but we just haven’t been able to squeeze out enough moisture to get a really good rain in Tulsa. Perhaps what we really needed was the Addams Family to blow into town. As they did they were welcomed by their favorite kind of weather… a good rainstorm, the most rain we’ve seen so far this year!
Yes, Mother Nature gave the Addams her own standing ovation at curtain call last night– opening night. The first drops started to fall as I was leaving the Performing Arts Center in downtown Tulsa. I couldn’t help but think as I looked at the “mysterious and spooky” sky how right the weather was for the “creepy and kooky” cast. With their dark humor, there could be no better compliment.
Speaking of compliments, I have many for last night’s Addams Family musical. The first came within the first seconds of the show. I had goosebumps! Goosebumps, that’s right! Cue the lights. Cue the familiar Addams Family theme song. Cue the goosebumps.
It happened in a snap, snap!
I’ve always been a fan of musical theatre, and am so grateful to Celebrity Attractions for bringing such great traveling Broadway shows to Tulsa. Having grown up just outside of New York City, I’m lucky to have seen my fair share of Broadway musicals. Before I moved here, I always thought the traveling shows could never be as good as the real deal. Boy was I mistaken! I’ve been fortunate enough to see most of the shows that Celebrity Attractions has brought to Tulsa over the past 10 years and I can tell you I believe the shows that come here are every bit as good as the ones you pay top dollar for in NYC.
Seriously. The Tulsa shows feature the same costumes, same sets and some of the actors are even the “originals”. In fact, I will go as far to say I’ve enjoyed some of the traveling actors more than their Broadway counterparts. (In some cases yes, I’ve seen the same show here and there.) Bottom line: checking out a Celebrity Attractions show at the PAC, is well worth it. If you’re looking for a good laugh, and something that is kind of familiar… then The Addams Family musical, might be a good place to start.
This Addams Family features all the same twisted humor as the ones we grew up with (or watched re-runs of) on TV. While it has been a while since I saw the original TV show, all the bright spots that I remembered from this “dark” family were still alive and kicking. The scenery and set featured fun surprises, and there are several magical moments. I really thought all the actors and actresses were great too! Uncle Lester had several deadpan scene stealing moments. Wednesday Adams had a voice I could listen to forever, and the actor who played Gomez Adams, killed it ( in a good way!)– to me he is the star of the show. Strip away their dark exteriors and I walked away thinking the Addams were a lot like they rest of us. Their core values were about loyalty and love. The Addams just do it in a upside-down kind of way.
It’s the day after and I’m still giggling from some of the quick and quirky one-liners from last night’s show. “Addams Family kind of weather” hangs on outside my office window above my backyard pansies. It’s still cloudy, damp and gray— it’s not what most of us define as the prettiest of days, but I think it is beautiful. The Addams Family reminds me that something seemingly gloomy can really feature sunshine at the core.
By the way, the gloomy weather won’t stick around for the entire Addams Family run. To quote a line from one of my all time favorite musicals Annie, “The sun will come out tomorrow!”