Brooke Shields returned to Broadway this week to portray Morticia in the musical comedy "The Addams Family" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Shields, who recently appeared in the musical "Leap of Faith" in Los Angeles, has taken the role over from Bebe Neuwirth. Shields, 46, stars opposite Tony Award winner Roger Rees ("Nicholas Nickleby"), who plays Gomez in the musical, which is based on the "creepy" and "kooky" characters created by illustrator Charles Addams and made famous on television and in films.
"I am delighted to be joining The Addams Family this summer," Shields said 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 and the wonderful cast."
Shields will continue her run through October and told Playbill, "I grew up with 'The Addams Family' on TV ... Morticia is such an iconic role - They all are. That's the beauty about doing these parts. 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!"
Shields has previously appeared on Broadway in "Wonderful Town," "Chicago" and "Cabaret." The actress made her Broadway debut in 1994 as Rizzo in "Grease."
The actress recently spoke at Princeton University's annual Class Day. She graduated with honors from the school in 1987 and majored in Romance languages and literatures.
Shields rose to fame as a child and teen star, appearing in the 1980 movie "The Blue Lagoon" and modeling for Calvin Klein ads.
After college, Shields went on to appear in small films and guest-star on show such as "Tales From the Crypt" and "Quantum Leap" until she landed her own sitcom, "Suddenly Susan," in 1996. She has also had regular roles in shows such as "Lipstick Jungle."
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