To cap off Wednesday's upcoming birthday, Gomez "Tennessee" Addams has written a play - Claude & Mable (which comes out quite exactly like Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet). To make sure his play is a big success, Gomez hires acclaimed Broadway director Eric Von Bissell to direct it. Von Bissel's career has been on the skids of late, so Gomez' money is quite appealing even though the rest of the project isn't; still, Von Bissell's pride and artistic reputation are threatened when he learns that Cousin Itt, with his gibber talk, will play the lead. Morticia takes Itt aside to work on lowering and slowing his voice for the average ear, but when she succeeds she finds Itt's personality has changed along with his voice. Now he's a theatrical snob of the worst sort - too good for the lead in Wednesday's birthday play. Written by
Did You Know?
The title is based on the Lerner and Loewe movie My Fair Lady
(1964). The original Broadway production of "My Fair Lady" opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York on March 15, 1956, and ran for 2717 performances, which was, at the time, the longest run a Broadway show had ever had. See more
When Lurch tells Gomez and Morticia that Cousin Itt and Uncle Fester are both gone, he is not looking directly at them. It then cuts to a different angle, and he is facing them. See more
Erich von Bissell
[reappraising Cousin Itt
He looks like a raccoon and talks like a gopher, but he HAS possibilities.
References My Fair Lady