Brooke Shields Playing Morticia In "Addams Family" On Broadway

Jul 1, 2011, 17:15 by Sarah Long

Actress Brooke Shields returned to Broadway June 28, taking over the role of Morticia on Broadway's "The Addams Family."

"I am delighted to be joining 'The Addams Family' this summer," Shields said in a statement reported by Playbill. "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 and the wonderful cast."

Shields, who is replacing Bebe Neuwirth, is starring opposite Tony Award winner Roger Rees, who plays patriarch Gomez in the popular musical based on characters created by illustrator Charles Addams, Playbill reports.

Other cast members include Brad Oscar as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandma, Rachel Potter as Wednesday, Adam Reigler as Pugsley, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Grupper as Mal Beineke, Heidi Blickenstaff as Alice Beineke and Jesse Swenson as Lucas Beineke, according to Playbill.

Shields made her Broadway debut in 1994 as Rizzo in "Grease." The actress also performed in "Wonderful Town," "Cabaret"  and "Chicago."