Cranky Rant Time –
Last Sunday Mary and I saw a very fine production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY musical at the Mercury Theater here in Chicago. The production was excellent, the only problem I had was with the program.
-There were no bios for the playwrights (Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice) and composer/lyricist (Andrew Lippa). I’d much rather read about their body of work than about the Assistant to the Assistant to the Dramaturg.
-There was no acknowledgement anywhere of Vic Mizzy as the composer of the TV show theme (which was used both in the Overture and the Curtain Call).
-And, worst of all, there was no acknowledgement anywhere of Charles Addams. No listing, no bio, no “inspired by the works of” – nothing! It’s like Charles Addams never existed, never created these wonderful macabre characters, never gave everyone involved with the show the foundation they built upon.
Everyone out there in the arts – whether it’s theater, film, music, comic books, wood-carvings, anything – please remember to give credit where credit is due.
End of Rant.
(It really was a very fine show with some terrific performances).