A very special tribute will be paid to Charles Addams, the creator of The Addams Family, in Westfield, New Jersey. The Westfield Board of Education, The Downtown Westfield Corporation, The Westfield Historical Society and The Charles Addams Art Scholarship will be unveiling six huge wooden letters that spell out the name ADDAMS. These letters were made by Joseph DiFrancesco, owner of Custom Woodworking in Westfield Each letter has been decorated by students of the Westfield middle schools and high school.The letters, a combination of original artwork and cartoons, has been described as "...a cross between The Hollywood sign and The Cow Parade" Some of those images come from THE ADDAMS FAMILY A NEW MUSICAL, which debuts on Broadway April 8, 2010. Our "A is for ADDAMS" special event will take place on Monday, April 5th, 2010 at 1 pm in Westfield, New Jersey at the steps of the Westfield High School (WHS) auditorium, 550 Dorian Road, Westfield. The event is open to the public.
Mr. Addams was an artist for The New Yorker Magazine. He grew up in Westfield and graduated WHS in 1929. He drew over 1,500 cartoons. Some of these drawings were the inspiration for The Addams Family. First a success on TV in the 1960's, it then became a big hit in movie theaters in the 1990's. And now a huge Broadway show has opened, starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.
The "A Is For Addams" event has been made to create awareness of what a wonderful artist Mr. Addams was. His affection for his hometown of Westfield was shown in several of his cartoons and his legacy is a significant part of Westfield history.