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Second thoughts on 'The Addams Family'

Second thoughts on 'The Addams Family'

"The Addams Family" seemed to have everything going for it when the musical opened on Broadway two years ago: a book by the creators of the mega-hit "Jersey Boys"; two exceedingly popular stars, Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth; and a title known to trigger fond memories and finger-snaps from any number of people who recall the 1960s sitcom of the same name.

Then the reviews hit. They were about as cheery as the facial expression on Lurch, butler in the deliciously abnormal Addams household.

Although the show ran until last New Year's Eve, chalking up a respectable 735 performances, the perception of a flawed musical stuck. It just may get unstuck now,...