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# Posted: 22 May 2007 11:00

A large-scale Broadway musical is planned based on the Addams Family cartoons of Charles Addams, aiming for New York's Rialto in the 2009 -'10 season, Variety reported.

Composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party) is writing the songs; Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) provide the book. Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, the Improbable Theater founders who created Shockheaded Peter, will direct and design.

Addams' cartoons—about a ghoulish family whose members include father Gomez, mother Morticia, uncle Fester and daughter Wednesday—appeared for more than 50 years in the New Yorker magazine. The cartoons inspired several TV series, including the 1960s live-action situation comedy and a couple of animated series, along with two feature films.

The musical will be based solely on the cartoons, not on the big- or small-screen incarnations. It hasn't yet been determined whether the creatives will be granted permission to include the familiar TV theme song.

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