"It's a fairly traditional story of parents meeting for the first time, and with the Addams Family, you can imagine that things go less ideally than expected."
It's a fun show, but Olson said it is also a lot different than many of the roles he's played over the years.
"Usually, it's me out there singing and dancing," he said.
Olson didn't say whether Lurch dances or not, but given that he has to wear special shoes to raise his six foot six height further, it seems unlikely.
Olson grew up in Darlington, Wis., which was, in its own particular way, a little weird.
"It has a population of 2,400 people and like 10 theater groups," he said. "The town has a strong background in theater."
Through high school, Olson said he appeared in about 10 different plays, often as a lead. He then went to Huntington University in Indiana, where he studied theater and acted in as many plays as he could fit in.
"I think I did something in the neighborhood of 40 shows," he said. "It was probably the best training, just the opportunity to explore."
It was also where he met his future wife, Amber.
After graduation, he worked in theme parks and small theaters in Florida before winning the role of Frankenstein's monster for "Monster's Live Rock n' Roll Revue" at Universal Studios Japan.
"Japan was incredible," Olson said. "I loved my two years there. The house we stayed in was full of performers who came from all over the world. It was kind of an artist commune, all in one building."
After two years, he returned to the States, married his college sweetheart and the two of them moved to New York about a year ago.
"We've been auditioning and working as much as we can," he said.
Olson started the tour in February and said his contract continues through June 2014.
"From a working actor's perspective, that kind of job security is wonderful," he said. "I want to fill the contract, but only if it doesn't leave my wife out in the cold. It's a long time away from each other. She's an actor, too, but that's one of the realities of being married."
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