Forget about hitting the gym in order to get in shape for a role. All actor Blake Hammond, who plays Uncle Fester in the touring company of the musical The Addams Family: The Broadway Musical, had had to do was man up for a trip to the barbershop.
"Fester is a fun role; the worst part was shaving my head. I've never been completely bald and it was that day of 'here we go.' So I went to a New York old-fashioned barber shop and had a man shave my head," Hammond told us. "But now I do it every day myself. It's not that hard. I forgot what I look like with hair now."
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Brought to the Hobby Center for a week's run by Gexa Energy Broadway, The Addams Family has undergone some script revisions, Hammond said, acknowledging that when it opened on Broadway, it was loved by audiences, not so much by critics. "They've worked really hard to make the story more streamlined and more cohesive," he said.
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