When I give my opinion about the show I have to admit I feel that my opinion is extremely bias because of how much I love the source material (but luckily here I am in good company) and I am a theatre person who is obsessed with musicals so it was kind of the perfect combo to me. After Chicago I was really worried the show wasn't going to come together and that it would just remain a big hot mess. I definitely think the show has come together and made A LOT of changes.
After the first time I saw it I felt like Jerry Zaks had hurt the show more than helped it. I thought the show had lost a lot of its gothic feel that I had really enjoyed but the more I thought about it and after the second viewing my opinion changed. The theme is now at the top of the overture and in the curtain call and no where else which is fitting but I do miss the family being there and doing the snaps. Originally Lippa wasn't going to have the theme in the score at all I so just thank god he wised the the hell up and put it in somewhere. When I first heard When You're an Addams I have to admit I REALLY REALLY hated it. I thought it was way too perky and up beat (and sounded a little too much like the Sex in the City theme) and didn't fit with the family at all. I thought Clandango did a lovely job of setting up the tone and depicting the focus on Wednesday. After SEEING When You're Addams I liked it more especially after the second show. My only qualm really is that I feel like it needs to have a more dark feel to it to properly set it up. I also still feel it doesn't set up the Wednesday story line quite well it still feels like big opening number lots of fun and dance and then oh by the way Wednesday is in love with a boy from Ohio. They have made great changes with the ensemble. Instead of making them all look like they are from the same period (like the chorus from Les Miz I think one reviewer said) they are clad in all white with pale skin to look like ghosts and are all in different periods...there's a caveman, a bride, a saloon girl, a flapper...you get the idea. Instead of letting them return to the crypt after the waking them for the opening number Fester tells them they cannot leave "until love truimphs" and so they have a bit more purpose and make a bit more sense which was great. After Morticia overhears Wednesday and Lucas talking and begins to feel paranoid about her age and rejects her nightly "Trip to Heaven" Gomez has a new song called Morticia lamenting he is at a loss as to how to help her. Its a good song as well. I have to admit I HATED Nathan Lane's performance based on the Chicago stuff, but he is definitely pulling it together.
I feel Act I is pretty close to rock solid. Act II was interesting. This is where cutting down the Beineke's really happens. The first number is called Just Around the Corner which replaces the train wreck that was Second Banana. The song finds Morticia cheering herself up by remembering her death is Just Around the Corner. The song is absolutely fabulous and definitely one of my favorite moments in the show. They scrapped the scene where Gomez and Alice tango and so needless to say the sword fight is gone (which I miss but it did need to go) and now they simply have a tango number. The last bit of Act II is mostly Morticia and Gomez making up and Alice and Mal rekindling their passion. The more I think about it the more I think the show really has improved. There were a couple minor changes between the two performances I saw. Bebe boots are gone and now she has these really awesome things that look like black stockings with heels...I like them a lot better than her boots.
I don't think its going to sweep the Tonys by any means, but it is what it is and I absolutely LOVE it. So there you have it. That is my opinion. I'll post scans of those in another post. If you have any specific questions I would love to answer those as well. The cut below is a couple of stage door photos I got and a good shot of the theatre...
Me and Krysta Rodriguez (Wednesday)
Me and Bebe (as you can see most of her make up is still on)