The Addams Family musical writing team of Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa, and licensing agent Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) have donated royalties from the Philippine run of the show to the Red Cross to assist in its relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
Shortly after the devastating storm ripped through the island nation, TRW president and CEO Steve Spiegel contacted the writing team about the donation and they agreed without hesitation. “Marshall, Rick and Andrew are generous, thoughtful and caring artists and I knew they would be enthusiastic about helping to stem the human suffering throughout this difficult time for the people of the Philippines,” Spiegel said upon receiving confirmation of the donation.
TRW’s director of Professional and International Licensing Sean Cercone contacted the producers of the show and after learning that they would forge ahead with the production was eager to help. “Once in a while in this business we have an opportunity to reach out and help, and this is a time when we can see that borders and oceans may separate us, but this is one world. We’re doing what we can.”
The Manila production includes Eula Valdes as Morticia and Arnell Ignacio as Gomez. Arnell responded the efforts saying, “We are truly touched by the generosity of the writers of the show and TRW. It is heartwarming to see the world extend us a helping hand as we go through this gargantuan test to our nation. Maraming maraming salamat!”
The Addams Family premiered on November 15 and will run until December 1. It is produced locally by Atlantis Productions.