NOTE: This synopsis is based on the script for the original Broadway production. For a synopsis of the US Tour script, which underwent some significant changes, you might want to start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheAddamsFamily_(musical)
(“Addams Family Theme/Overture”)
The eccentric, morbid, fun-hearted Addams family — patriarch Gomez, his wife Morticia, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, Grandma, Uncle Fester, and servant Lurch — are celebrating their yearly ritual of summoning their ancestors from the dead. As they do so, they explain to the audience what it means to be an Addams: one must have a sense of humor, a taste for death, passion, and must stir always stir things up. The Addamses summon their ancestors by dancing on the graves. From the Addams family crypt emerge the ghosts of their ancestors, dressed from all different time periods. The dead and the living come together to dance and celebrate their unique family values (“When You’re An Addams).
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, and Lurch bid farewell to the ancestors and exit. Fester lingers behind in the cemetery with the ancestors, and reminds them of the ultimate Addams family value that “No one sleeps until love triumphs.” Wednesday has fallen in love with a boy named Lucas Beineke from Ohio, a very strange — or perhaps more apt, normal — choice for a member of the clan. ”Who is this boy?” Fester wonders aloud to the audience. ”What is love?” Fester’s banjolele appears and he tells the audience just how important he thinks love is (“Fester’s Manifesto (Let’s Not Talk About Anything Else But Love)”).
Meanwhile, in Morticia’s boudoir, Lurch the butler brings her and Gomez a bouquet of yellow roses, a gift from the Beinekes. Gomez and Morticia had forgotten: Wednesday has invited the Beinekes to dinner so that the two families may meet. Morticia pops the heads off the flowers and has Lurch put the stems in water. She isn’t worried about