"The Addams Family" opens tonight on Broadway.
From what I've read, there have been more than a few changes made since I saw the show here in Chicago.
For instance, the opening number here was named "Clandango." It was all about Wednesday coming of age and becoming a woman. It set up the plot of the show, but the new opening number, "When You're an Addams," presents all of the family members to us as we know and love them from the TV series and subsequent movies.
Maybe, as was the case with "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," all the show needed was the right opening number to establish the mood and welcome the audience into the piece. Maybe.
We'll see. Not by the reviews, necessarily, but by the box office. Say what you will about the Chicago run of "The Addams Family," it was sold out for almost every performance and left town with a considerable profit. And we're a theatre town. That ain't easy to do here.