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Douglas Sills & Sara Gettelfinger To Star As Gomez & Morticia In THE ADDAMS FAMILY National Tour

Date: 05/09/2011







Douglas Sills, a Tony Award nominee for The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Sara Gettelfinger, last seen on Broadway in A Free Man of Color and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will star as Gomez and Morticia in the upcoming national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams. As previously announced, the production will begin performances September 15 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans and will continue on to over 30 additional major markets across North America.   


Douglas Sills received Tony and Drama Desk nominations as well as the Los Angeles Ovation Award for his performance as The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway and on tour. He recently starred in the Chicago tryout of the new rock musical White Noise. Additional Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors. National Tours: The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods. New York: Music in the Air, Carnival (Encores), On the 20th Century, Moonlight & Magnolias (MTC), Disney’s When You Wish. Regional: She Loves Me, Peter Pan, A Little Night Music, Much Ado About Nothing, She Stoops To Folly, Showboat, Mack & Mabel, The Philadelphia Story, Chess, Summer People, Mrs. Warren's Profession and many leading roles with California Shakespeare Festival. Recordings: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Cyrano. Television: PBS with the Boston Pops, CSI, The Closer, Numb3rs, Will & Grace, Any Day Now, Party Of Five, Sabrina, Murphy Brown. Film: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Funny About Love. In addition to Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Douglas has been honored in New York with The Theater World, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. In Los Angeles he has received The Garland, The Dramalogue, and Robby awards. Mr. Sills is a founding member of The Antaeus Company and studied at The University of Michigan and The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.  


Sara Gettelfinger most recently appeared as “Dona Athene” in John Guare's A Free Man of Color at Lincoln Center. Broadway: Seussical the Musical, The Boys from Syracuse, “Carla” in Nine with Antonio Banderas, “Jolene Oakes” in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opposite John Lithgow, as well as the first national tours of Fosse and 101 Dalmatians as “Cruella De Vil.” Other NYC area credits include: “April” in Company (Helen Hayes), “Fastrada” in Pippin (Papermill Playhouse), Tenderloin and Carnival at City Center Encores!, Anything Goes at Lincoln Center and “Little Edie Beale” in the world premier of Grey Gardens at Playwrights Horizons. In 2009, Sara starred as “Fastrada” in the Deaf West production of Pippin at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum. Television: Guiding Light, Ed, Without a Trace. Film: 10 to Midnight, Sex In the City, Forbidden Love. In 2006 Sara was signed to DECCA/Universal Records with the classical-crossover trio Three Graces. Their self-titled, debut album was released in stores/online in March 2008, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Crossover Charts, followed by a worldwide, critically acclaimed concert tour. 


For Immediate Release: May 9, 2011 

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch with creative consultation by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.    


The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Acme Sound Partners and puppetry by Basil Twist.  The production also features music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, dance arrangements by August Eriksmoen, hair design by Tom Watson, make-up design by Angelina Avallone and special effects design by Greg Meeh.   


THE ADDAMS FAMILY opened on April 8, 2010 on Broadway and is produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt,Five Cent Prods., Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary Lu Roffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Co./Clarence, LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical. Several international productions are planned and will be announced shortly.   


THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2011 – 2012 National Tour Dates  


New Orleans, LA  9/15 - 9/24 Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts  

St. Louis, MO  9/27 - 10/9 The Fabulous Fox Theatre  

Charlotte, NC  10/11 - 10/16 Ovens Auditorium  

Tampa, FL  10/18 - 10/23 David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts  

Miami, FL  10/25 - 10/30 Adrienne Arsht Center  

Orlando, FL  11/1 - 11/6 Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre  

West Palm Beach, FL 11/8 - 11/13 The Raymond Kravis Center for the Performing Arts  

Toronto, ON  11/16 - 11/27 Toronto Centre for the Arts 

Schenectady, NY  11/29 - 12/4 The Proctors Theatre  

Buffalo, NY  12/6 - 12/11 Shea's Performing Arts Center  

Chicago, IL  12/13 - 1/1 The Cadillac Palace Theatre  

Nashville, TN  1/3 – 1/8 Tennessee Performing Arts Center  

Houston, TX  1/10 - 1/15 The Hobby Center  

Oklahoma City, OK 1/17 – 1/22 Civic Center Music Hall  

Tulsa, OK  1/24 – 1/29 Chapman Music Hall  

East Lansing, MI  1/31 – 2/5 Wharton Center   

Boston, MA  2/7 – 2/19 Shubert Theatre  

Hartford, CT  2/21 - 2/26 The Bushnell  

Durham, NC  2/28 – 3/4 Durham Performing Arts Center  

Baltimore, MD  3/6 – 3/18 Hippodrome Theatre  

Providence, RI  3/20 – 3/25 Providence Performing Arts Center  

Cincinnati, OH  3/27 – 4/8 Aronoff Center  

Cleveland, OH  4/10 – 4/22 Palace Theatre  

Memphis, TN  4/24 – 4/29 Orpheum Theatre  

Madison, WI  5/1 – 5/6 Overture Center   

St. Paul, MN  5/8 – 5/20 Ordway  

Grand Rapids, MI  5/22 – 5/26 DeVos Performance Hall  

San Diego, CA  5/29 – 6/3 Civic Theatre  

Los Angeles, CA  6/5 – 6/17 Pantages Theatre  


Washington, D.C.  7/10 – 7/29 Kennedy Center Opera House  Pittsburgh, PA  7/31 – 8/12 Benedum Center  





MARSHALL BRICKMAN (Book). Film (as co-author): Sleeper, Annie Hall (Academy Award), Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery; (as writer/director): Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains It All. Television: “The Johnny Carson Show,” “The Dick Cavett Show” (head writer & producer). His first venture into musical theater, Jersey Boys, won an Olivier and four Tony Awards including Best Musical. In addition to his film, theater and television work, Mr. Brickman has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy, and other periodicals and is the 2006 recipient of the Writers’ Guild of America Ian McClellan Hunter Award for lifetime achievement in writing. 


RICK ELICE (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. From 1982-1999, as creative director at Serino Coyne Inc., he produced ad campaigns for some 300 Broadway shows, from A Chorus Line to The Lion King. From 1999-2009, he served as creative consultant for The Walt Disney Studios. MFA, Yale Drama School; Teaching Fellow, Harvard University; charter member, American  Repertory Theatre.   


ANDREW LIPPA (Music and Lyrics). New York theater credits include The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club); the score for Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention (Broadway); new songs for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Broadway); john & jen (co-written with Tom Greenwald). Recordings: The Wild Party, john & jen, ...Charlie Brown, Julia Murney's I'm Not Waiting, Bat Boy (producer) and the forthcoming A Little Princess (co-written with Brian Crawley). Awards: 2000 Grammy nomination, winner of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, ASCAP/Richard Rodgers and Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Awards. As Kristin Chenoweth's music director: Chicago, St. Louis and San Francisco Symphonies; Carnegie Hall; The Metropolitan Opera House, among others. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music.   


PHELIM McDERMOTT (Director and Designer) has been directing and performing since 1984. His initial shows include: Cupboard Man (Fringe First Award), Gaudete (Time Out Director's Award), The Vinegar Works and The Sweet Shop Owner. He co-directed Shockheaded Peter in the West End and Off-Broadway, winning an Olivier Award.  His company Improbable's award-winning shows include: 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Spirit, Theatre of Blood and Philip Glass' Satyagraha at the English National Opera. With Julian Crouch, he directed the Metropolitan Opera's 125th Anniversary Gala. Improbable were recently awarded the Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for their work in theatre including their Open Space events “Devoted & Disgruntled: What are we going to do about theatre?” Phelim improvises with The Comedy Store Players and is an honorary Doctor of Middlesex University.  


JULIAN CROUCH (Director and Designer). With Phelim McDermott, he recently designed and associate directed Philip Glass' Satyagraha, in collaboration with the English National Opera and the Met, as well as the Met’s 125th Anniversary Gala. As co-founder of London’s Improbable Theatre with McDermott, the two collaborated on the international sensation Shockheaded Peter. Other Improbable productions include Animo, 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Coma, Spirit, Sticky, Cinderella, The Hanging Man, and The Wolves in the Walls. Designs include Dr. Faustus, Improbable Tales, The Servant of Two Masters, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the multi award- winning Jerry Springer- The Opera, A Funny Thing Happened ... Forum for the National Theatre and Dr. Atomic at the Met.  


SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer). Currently on Broadway: 2006 Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk & OCC noms.), Memphis and Next to Normal. Recent Broadway: Guys & Dolls, All Shook Up. Off- Broadway: Saved (Lucille Lortel nom.); Romeo and Juliet (Public); A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Kismet (Encores!); Salome (NYC Opera). Regional: The Wiz, Zhivago (La Jolla); Mambo Kings; The Marriage of Figaro (L.A. Opera); Chita and All That Jazz. International: Disney’s Tarzan (World Theatre Award nom.); West Side Story, The Sound of Music (Stratford); Peggy Sue Got Married (West End); Kiss Me, Kate (Japan). TV: “Broadway: The American  Musical” (PBS), “The 14th American Comedy Awards” (ABC), “Triple Sensation” (CBC). Ovation Award for Empire: A New American Musical, four Dora Award nominations in Canada. Upcoming: directing and choreographing Havana.   


JERRY ZAKS (Creative Consultation) is currently represented on Broadway by The Addams Family and Sister Act. Mr. Zaks has directed more than 30 productions in New York and has received four Tony Awards, four Drama Desks, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and an Obie. His credits include Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor,The House of Blue Leaves, A Funny Thing...Forum, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, The Foreigner, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, A Bronx Tale, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Assassins, Sister Mary Ignatius...and Beyond Therapy. He directed the award-winning film Marvin’s Room, starring Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton; and Who Do You Love, which was featured in the Toronto Film Festival. For TV, he has directed episodes for the long-running hit comedies “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Frasier” and “Two and a Half Men.” Jerry is a founding member, and serves on the board of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He received the SSDC’s George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 1994 and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Dartmouth, his alma mater, in 1999. His daughters, Emma and Hannah, are the light of his life.  



November 16 – 27, 2011 

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