Anyone Can Whistle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Addams Family

Three musicals—two of them new, one from the '60s—all sing of crazy worlds

So might the performances in The Addams Family (Lunt-Fontanne), where everybody works incredibly hard, though to painfully little effect. A couple of Andrew Lippa's songs, including the improbably Latin opening number, may survive, and a few of the book's more antique gags will undoubtedly long outlive it. But two-plus hours of hearing these creepy creatures blather about the joys of love, in purest Hallmark terms? Please. Even Nathan Lane's resourcefulness, Kevin Chamberlin's moonstruck charm, and Carolee Carmello's giddy vocal display can't reanimate this inert monstrosity.

A different kind of "rock" musical: Donna Murphy in Anyone Can Whistle
Carol Rosegg
A different kind of "rock" musical: Donna Murphy in Anyone Can Whistle

Details

Anyone Can Whistle
By Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim
City Center Encores!(Closed)

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
By Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman
Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street, 212-967-7555

The Addams Family
By Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, and Andrew Lippa
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
205 West 45th Street, 877-250-2929

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