Tuesday, September 19, 2017

‘The Addams Family’ will be in JAX at the Alhambra

Actor Jake Delaney
Hurricane Irma was here, yet it’s time to be thankful as we enjoy a show and some dinner with family and friends.  The spooky Broadway sensation “The Addams Family” is the perfect show to get you into the Halloween and harvest mood.  The Addams Family musical will open October 4 at the iconic Alhambra Theatre and Dining in Jacksonville, Florida and run through November 12.  This presentation also stars Uncle Fester from the national Broadway Tour and several other Broadway Alumnae.

Said Alhambra Managing Partner, Craig Smith, “This cast is one of the most decorated ensembles we’ve had on our stage.  It is a perfect Halloween tale as we journey through our 50th anniversary season.  This show represents well our theme of “50 Years of Memories.”  He continues, “Chef DeJuan is really taking advantage of the show’s creativity for the menu and I know our guests will be thrilled with its diversity.”

In the 1940’s when cartoonist Charles Addams created his single-panel-gag-cartoons, which depicted a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre, even his crystal ball did not predict the future influence his characters would have.  While he published more than 1300 cartoons for publications including: The New Yorker, TV Guide and Harper’s Bizarre; the evolution of those who became known as The Addams Family landed on TV, movies and on Broadway.

When “The Addams Family” opened on Broadway in 2010 it starred Nathan Lane as Gomez Addams and Bebe Neuwirth as his wife, Morticia.  The Broadway show ran for 21 months, giving more than 700 performances and grossing more than $60 million. The show later opened in London before launching the US and European tours in 2011.

Actor: Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester
Patterned after the Broadway show, the Alhambra version will feature more than 20 original songs.  As stated earlier, the incredible cast features two actors who were on the US national tour: Shaun Rice will be portraying uncle Fester; and Jake Delaney who will play one of the Addams’ ancestors.  Also included in the cast will be Carlos Lopez (playing Gomez) who has appeared in a host of Broadway shows; Stacey Harris (plays Morticia) has played in Broadway’s Bells Are Ringing; and Evan Gray (playing Pugsley Addams), just closed the US national tour of Matilda.

About the Show: Alhambra guests will enjoy the crazy upside-down world of the Addams Family, where to be sad is happy, to feel pain is joy, and death and suffering are what their dreams are made of.  The family still faces the same trials and tribulations of “normal families.”  Comedy ensues when their dark, beloved daughter Wednesday falls in love with Lucas, a normal boy who knows nothing of this strange family.  We join them at dinner, a night which guarantees laughs amidst the altogether kooky hilarity of the Addams family.

About the Menu: As with all shows, Executive Chef DeJuan Roy will create a menu designed with the show (and season) in mind.  In this case fit for the “foodies” Addams family.  The First Course will feature a choice pumpkin bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds, fresh ground nutmeg or autumn greens salad with roasted root vegetables, candied pecans, blue cheese dressing.  The Second Course features a choice of pan-seared chicken breast with rosemary, lemon jus, mac n’ cheese-inspired risotto, butternut squash; braised beef short rib with buttery herb white rice, sautéed Swiss chard; three cheese tortellini with shrimp and basil; or an autumn vegetable frittata with faro and raisin salad with yogurt dressing.  The Dessert Course features a choice of Tombstone Cake (a chocolate cake with Oreo icing) or a Southern Pecan Pie with chocolate & caramel drizzle.

The Addams Family
NOTE: This show contains strobe lights.
DATES: October 4 — November 12, 2017

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins around 6 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch begins at 11 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal is server starting 12 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday October 6, 2017) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $35 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
  **Price does NOT include gratuity or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

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