Beetlejuice on Broadway
The ghost-with-the-most makes his Broadway debut in this hilarious new musical comedy based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film. Directed by Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that will have you tapping your feet long after you’ve shuffled off this mortal coil, BEETLEJUICE is a must-see spectacular that will “DAZZLE THE EYES!” (New York Post). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love, and making the most of every Day-O!
*Original Broadway Cast production photos by Matthew Murphy
Tell Me More
Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse. Say it three times, and Tony Award-nominated “School of Rock” actor Alex Brightman will appear onstage as the titular, resurrected character in the musical adaptation of the 1988 comedy classic “Beetlejuice.” Joining him as goth girl Lydia, whom the ghoulish rabble-rouser plans to marry in order to escape the Netherworld, is “Lazarus” star Sophia Anne Caruso.
Featuring a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King and a score by Eddie Perfect, the new musical — helmed by Alex Timbers — is adapted from the Tim Burton film of the same name, which fuses the worlds of the living and the dead. When Lydia and her parents purchase a new home, the young girl soon discovers that it’s haunted by its previous owners — and Betelgeuse has been summoned to help scare them away. Lucky for Lydia, she’s totally obsessed with the “being dead thing” and finds a new friend in the spirit who’s risen from six feet under.
What To Watch For
- When “Beetlejuice” opens on Broadway on April 25, 2019, songwriter Eddie Perfect will be represented twice in the 2018-19 theatrical season. He debuted on the Great White Way with “King Kong” in November 2018.
- Book writers Scott Brown and Anthony King make their Broadway debuts with “Beetlejuice,” but neither are new to theater. Brown is a former theater critic for New York magazine, and King is the former artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
- Director Alex Timbers, who also helmed the stage adaptation of the film “Moulin Rouge,” has been attached to “Beetlejuice” for eight years.
- The title character’s name is actually spelled Betelgeuse — after the star in the Orion constellation — but for advertising purposes for the original film, “Beetlejuice” was spelled phonetically.
2hr 30min (incl. intermission)
Recommended for ages 10 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.