‘Beetlejuice’ Is Coming Back As A Musical In April And It Has An Exciting Cast




We had recently reported that Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice is coming back as a musical. We now have the cast details of the much-awaited musical. For an earlier run of previews at the National Theatre in D.C., the musical starredTony nominee Alex Brightman, who played Beetlejuice, and Sophia Anne Caruso, who portrayed Lydia Deetz, Winona Ryder’s character in the original film. Both will be reprising their respective roles for the new Broadway musical. Several other members of pre-Broadway Beetlejuice cast will be making the move to the new show as well. Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold have been confirmed to play principal roles.

Pictures of the cast in their new roles have also been released. Vanity Fair exclusively reported that it includes Kerry Butler (Mean Girls), Rob McClure (Avenue Q), Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser, and Leslie Kritzer (Elf). The musical officially opens on April 25th this year. And you may want to get your hands on the tickets because the bookings are open and they’d be gone before you know it. You can find tickets here, as reported by Bloody Disgusting

The musical’s official website describes, “The ghost-with-the-most is coming to life on stage in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Directed by Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole ‘being dead thing’. Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon with a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, he comes up with the perfect plan involving exorcism, arranged marriage and the biggest sandworms Broadway has ever seen.” This is exactly what we needed now.

Interestingly, there will be a major tweak to this musical. The narrative of the musical will revolve around Lydia as opposed to the ghosts haunting the home, according to comicbook.com. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, director Alex Timbers shared, “Refocusing the story on Lydia’s emotional journey, Lydia’s relationship to Beetlejuice — who were [both] more like secondary characters in the film — felt like a great way in. Beetlejuice and Lydia are both trickster figures, in a way. Certainly, Beetlejuice is, but musical theater has a great history of con men as characters when you think about Bialystock and Bloom or Harold Hill in The Music Man, so it felt to me that the DNA of those two characters felt like great musical theater protagonists in the way they work off each other.”

And Beetlejuice will be played by actor Alex Brightman. It must be mentioned that pulling off a character defined on film by Michael Keaton is no mean task. “He’s one of those characters in film that you can imagine breaking the fourth wall, and I think in theater, you want these characters that vibrate with life and can kick over the footlights and land in your lap. That’s Beetlejuice,” Timbers noted. He added, “He can directly address the audience. He can be an unreliable narrator. He can be a Loki figure, you know? He can be a god of chaos, and that’s really exciting.”

IMDB
IMDB

The musical’s ghost with the most is said to be younger and punkier than the film’s version. “[Alex Brightman’s Beetlejuice] is definitely not a Michael Keaton impression. It’s his own,” added Timbers. Meanwhile, the musical, which will be open for previews at The Winter Garden Theatre in March, before it officially hits the stage in April, comes at a time when rumors about a possible sequel to the iconic film are doing the rounds. Fans have been waiting for one forever now, but we guess it’s going to be a wait before we actually expect an official announcement if it happens. But for now, Beetlejuice is Broadway’s next big thing and we’re sure this one’s going to bring the roof down too.

IMDB
IMDB

For those who are yet to watch Beetlejuice (which is a crime), here’s a quick synopsis. A 1988 comedy-fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, Beetlejuice is centered on a recently deceased young couple (played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious demon named Betelgeuse (pronounced and occasionally spelled Beetlejuice in the movie and portrayed by the supremely talented Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants portrayed by actors Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder, permanently. 

IMDB
IMDB

Beetlejuice was both a critical and commercial success. It made $73.7 million from a budget of $15 million. It also won several awards including the Academy Award for Best Makeup and three Saturn Awards: Best Horror Film, Best Makeup, and Best Supporting Actress for Sylvia Sidney, her final award before her demise in 1999. Among other honors, in 2000, the American Film Institute placed the film on its 100 Years…100 Laughs list, where it was ranked #88.

IMDB
IMDB

A Beetlejuice animated television series was also created for ABC. The show ran for four seasons (the final season airing on Fox), lasting from September 9, 1989, to December 6, 1991. Burton was the executive producer. The film also spawned video games like Adventures of Beetlejuice: Skeletons in the Closet and Beetlejuice: Horrific Hijinx from the Neitherworld!, among others. That apart, a Beetlejuice themed fun pack for the toys-to-life video game Lego Dimensions was released on September 12, 2017.