May 22, 2007 / 2:46 PM / 10 years ago

"Addams Family" to be adapted as Broadway musical

<p>Raul Julia protrays Gomez Addams in a scene from the 1993 film "Addams Family Values." "The Addams Family," a cartoon about an eccentric family that was made into a hit movie in 1991, is coming to Broadway as a musical.Handout/Paramount Pictures</p>

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - "The Addams Family," a cartoon about an eccentric family that was made into a hit movie in 1991, is coming to Broadway as a musical.

The producers said "The Addams Family" musical was scheduled for the 2009-10 Broadway season. The libretto will be written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, writers of the 2006 Tony Award-winning musical "Jersey Boys."

"The Addams Family," featuring characters such Gomez, Morticia, the butler Lurch and their servant Thing, a disembodied hand in a box, is the best-known creation of cartoonist Charles Addams which first became popular in the 1930s.

The characters, who relish the macabre and grotesque, have already inspired several television adaptations as well as the film starring Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia.

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