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[Audio] The Addams Family Musical Opens Tonight at Murray's Playhouse in the Park

Matt Markgraf, WKMS
Credit Playhouse in the Park, Facebook

On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Playhouse in the Park’s The Addams Family director Rusty Jones and cast member Marci Edmonds about the creepy and kooky musical that shows tonight through Sunday.


The stage adaptation of The Addams Family was written in 2010. Jones and Edmonds say the musical will not disappoint attendees expecting the classic quirkiness of the Addams Family vibe, but it does poke fun at some aspects of contemporary culture.


Edmonds says the play allows the audience to get a deeper sense of the characters and emphasizes the brother/sister relationship between Wednesday and Pugsley. The show also brings in an outsider as Wednesday’s boyfriend. Jones says the Addams family thrives whenever regular people are brought into contact with the Addamses because it highlights the family’s virtues.


There’s some wonderful numbers, too. Wednesday has one called “Pulled” where she can’t get over the fact that she’s actually liking things that an Addams shouldn’t like, like puppy dogs and Disney World and little kittens and that sort of thing.” Jones said. “Marcie, as Morticia, gets to have a wonderful number where she thinks ‘Well, everything’s terrible but I just have to remember that death is just around the corner so everything’s going to be fine.’ ”


The family-friendly musical runs about 2.5 hours with intermission and begins at 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Thursday night tickets are half price. More information is available at Playhouse in the Park’s Facebook page and at

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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