Though Brooke Shields flubbed her performance at the Tony Awards — she participated in host Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number and needed a do-over — she’s gotten over the embarrassment and is embarking on another Broadway adventure of her own. Shields has taken over the iconic role of Morticia Addams in the musical comedy “The Addams Family” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
“I am delighted to be joining The Addams Family this summer,” Shields says in a statement. “When the producers asked me to come see the show a
few months ago, I found it to be wonderfully entertaining, funny,
clever and even touching, and I knew immediately that I wanted to be the
next Morticia, following the amazing Bebe Neuwirth. I can’t wait to
join Roger [Rees] and the wonderful cast.”
We’re loving Shields’ look — such a departure from her typical All-American shtick — and so is she. “That’s the beauty about doing these parts,” she tells Playbill. “You put those wigs and
costumes on, and you feel like a little kid. My kids love playing
dress-up, as do I – obviously – only I’ve got experts helping me, so
it’s not just Halloween. It’s the best costume party ever!”
The actress has been around the Broadway block plenty of times before. She made her Great White Way debut in 1994 as Rizzo in “Grease,” and she also starred in “Wonderful Town,” “Chicago” and “Cabaret.”
She’ll be playing Morticia through October — will you be checking out her performance?