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The Addams Family (Broadway musical) and Charles Addams’s New York (museum exhibition)

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The Addams Family, the musical starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth , starts performances on Broadway Monday, March 8, and is scheduled to open on April 8th at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. It is based, of course, on the macabre characters created by Charles Addams, long-time cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine. How Addams came up with those characters, and how they evolved is the subject of an exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York entitled “Charles Addams’ New York”
Also in the exhibition, which runs through May 16th are the cartoonist’s depictions of life “on New York’s subways and buses, in offices, department stores, museums, parks, streets, and homes,” as the museum puts it.

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Events connected to the exhibition:

Sunday • March 7 • 3:00 PM
Charles Addams’s New York: Gallery Tour

Tour the Museum’s newest exhibition, Charles Addams’s New York, with Sarah Henry, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and Kevin Miserocchi, director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation. The exhibition features original artworks by the legendary New Yorker cartoonist that capture Addams’s quintessentially idiosyncratic and slyly subversive view of the city, depicting his signature macabre characters, twisted situations, and distorted reimaginings of the cityscape.

FREE with Museum admission!

Tuesday • March 16 • 6:30 PM
The Addams Family: An Evilution

The Addams Family: An Evilution (Pomegranate, March 2010) is the first book to trace the history of the characters that became known as the “Addams Family.” It presents more than 200 cartoons created by Charles Addams (1912–1988) throughout his prolific career, many of them never before published. Join author Kevin Miserocchi, director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation, for an illustrated lecture featuring work from the Foundation’s new publication, as well as a discussion of the “evilution” of the creepy assemblage as they developed as mainstays of Addams’s cartoons. Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s newest exhibition, Charles Addams’s New York. Book signing follows. $

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
$12 Non-Members
$8 Seniors and Students
$6 Museum Members

Thursday • April 15 • 6:00 PM
Curious about Cartooning: Film Screening and Cartoonist Panel

Join director Lyda Ely for a screening of her film Funny Business (2009), featuring some of the most celebrated cartoonists of The New Yorker magazine. This insider’s look at a previously unexamined world includes George Booth, Roz Chast, Matt Diffee, Mort Gerberg, Sam Gross, Ed Koren, Lee Lorenz, Arnie Levin, Frank Modell, Victoria Roberts, and David Sipress. Following the screening, Lyda Ely will lead a discussion with a select group of New Yorker cartoonists featured in the film about their craft and the lasting influence of cartooning legend Charles Addams. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Charles Addams’s New York. $

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

$12 Non-Members
$8 Seniors and Students
$6 Museum Members

*A two dollar surcharge applies for unreserved, walk-in participants.

Sunday • April 18 • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cartooning 101: The Vocabulary and Process of Comics

In celebration of the exhibition Charles Addams’s New York, cartoonist Sean Ford, M.F.A., The Center for Cartoon Studies, will lead a workshop designed to teach educators the basics of cartooning. The workshop will provide a brief overview of familiar comics and will introduce the medium of comics as a visual learning tool. Educators will be guided through the process of creating their own comic strips followed by a discussion on classroom application.

$10 fee, payable by cash or check only. Credit cards are not accepted.

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