Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice. Say it three times, and Tony Award-nominated School of Rock actor Alex Brightman will appear as the title character in the musical adaptation of the 1988 comedy classic Beetlejuice, now being resurrected on Broadway for a second run. Get Beetlejuice tickets on TodayTix.
If you loved the Beetlejuice movie, see the frightfully fun story live on stage. The Beetlejuice musical keeps Tim Burton's distinctive, spooky aesthetic intact and adds plenty of pop culture and theatre humor, frightfully catchy songs, and plenty of special effects. The titular chaos-causing poltergeist gets even more stage time than in the movie, and amid his zany antics is also a show about family, making the most of life while you have it, and also making the most of death if you're stuck in it. A New York Theatre Guide review calls Beetlejuice "a parade of eccentricity with flair and great comedy technique that turns it into a subversive delight." There's a reason why the fan-favorite, eight-time Tony-nominated show got brought back from the dead!
Featuring a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King and a score by Eddie Perfect, the Beetlejuice musical, directed by Alex Timbers, fuses the worlds of the living and the dead. When the goth teenager Lydia, her dad, and his new lover purchase a new home, Lydia soon discovers it’s haunted by its previous owners, a timid suburban couple. Being decidedly not scary themselves, they've summoned Beetlejuice to help frighten the new tenants away.
Lucky for Lydia, she’s totally obsessed with “the whole being dead thing” and doesn't want to be in that house anyway, so she quickly befriends the spirits who’ve risen from six feet under. Little does she know, though, she's a key part of Beetlejuice's own plan to come fully back to life, and he'll do anything to make it happen.
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Beetlejuice may be stuck in the same house for eternity, but the Beetlejuice musical has traveled far. Before coming to Broadway, the show premiered at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre. The whole cast from that production, led by Brightman, transferred with Beetlejuice to New York in April 2019, where it ran for just under a year. Set to close in June 2020, Beetlejuice ended up closing early, in March 2020, amid the pandemic.
While Broadway was shut down, though, the Beetlejuice cast and creative team took to social media to keep promoting the show, holding multiple virtual events — costume contests, virtual stagedoors, and more. The fan response was so overwhelming that Beetlejuice came back in April 2022. The Music Man had moved into its old venue, the Winter Garden Theatre, so Beetlejuice is now at the Marquis Theatre, with all its spectacular sets and effects intact (yes, including the massive sandworm). Many original cast members returned with the show, including Brightman, Kerry Butler as Barbara Maitland, and Leslie Kritzer as Delia Schlimmer.
Beetlejuice's first NYC run marked the Broadway debuts of Scott Brown and Anthony King. Neither are new to theatre, though: Brown is a former theatre critic for New York magazine, and King is the former artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Their Beetlejuice collaborator, composer/lyricist Eddie Perfect, had just debuted on Broadway with King Kong in November 2018, making Beetlejuice his second show in one Broadway season.
Perfect began writing songs for Beetlejuice in 2014, and a companion album to the show's cast recording, Beetlejuice: The Demos The Demos The Demos, features a ton of songs that didn't make it into the final cut of Beetlejuice on Broadway. Alex Timbers, who also helmed the Tony-winning Best Musical Moulin Rouge! The Musical, has also been attached to Beetlejuice since the beginning, for more than 10 years.
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