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The Addams Family Comes to Warsaw
   
The Warsaw Syrena Theatre, in coproduction with the Musical Theatre in Poznań, will perform “The Addams Family”, a great hit musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2010.

The Warsaw premiere of The Addams Family is scheduled for September 8, 2018. Two weeks later, on September 22, the musical will be presented to audiences in Poznań.

The show, featuring a fusion of the Broadway tradition and excellent Latin American style, had its first Polish premiere in March 2015 on the stage of the Gliwice Musical Theatre in southern Poland. The musical was then directed by Jacek Mikołajczyk, a longtime literary director of the Gliwice theatre and currently the director of the Syrena Theatre. Mikołajczyk is also directing the Warsaw-Poznań show.

“The Musical Theatre in Poznań is among the top musical theatres in Poland,” Mikołajczyk said. “I am honoured that its director invited the Syrena Theatre and myself to co-produce the "Addams Family". I spent two seasons in Poznań directing two premiere shows there, so I can say that in recent years, this theatre has been my artistic home. Now that I have "moved" to Syrena, we have the opportunity to combine forces and passions. I am sure that both groups will create a completely unique performance,” he added.

Przemysław Kieliszewski, Director of the Musical Theatre in Poznań also expressed his satisfaction over the coproduction with Syrena. “Jacek Mikołajczyk accepted our invitation for another cooperation, which previously resulted in great performances of "Sister Act" and "Nine". I am convinced that Polish audiences will be delighted,” he said.

Since its Broadway premiere The Addams Family has always attracted good crowds. The musical has been shown almost all over Europe and America. It tells the story of a ghostly family living in the swamps in an old Victorian castle. The main characters are Gomez and Morticia, whose daughter Wednesday, called the ultimate princess of darkness, grows up and falls in love with a lovely boy named Lucas. She asks his father to keep it secret from his beloved wife. Everything changes one evening when the two families from two different worlds meet at one table.

The Addams Family was created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. In the 1930s, the adventures of the ghostly family began to appear in the form of a cartoon in the popular American weekly The New Yorker. The cartoon inspired a TV series broadcast in the years 1964-1965, and later, in 1991, a movie starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christina Ricci.

The Polish production has two music directors - Tomasz Filipczak in Warsaw and Piotr Deptuch in Poznań. Ewelina Adamska-Porczyk is responsible for the choreography, Grzegorz Policiński is the set designer and Ilona Binarsch designs costumes.
M.R.