Beetlejuice returns on Broadway! It was a musical that closed when Broadway was closed for more than its original final performance date. Now it has a second chance to live.
Beetlejuice returns on Broadway!
Beetlejuice will be staged at the Marquis Theatre from April 8th. The play is adapted from Tim Burton’s 1988 film of the same name. It is directed by Alex Timbers and sounded by Eddie Pelt. Scott Brown and Anthony King co-authored a book. The cast is yet to be announced.
Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with “the whole thing of death”. Fortunately, Lydia’s new house is home to a newly deceased couple. And Beetlejuice, a delightful demon with a passion for life. When Lydia summons Beetle Juice to scare anyone away with a pulse, the double-crossed ghost shows his true streaks.
Beetlejuice has been nominated for eight Tony Awards in 2019, including one for Best Musical. The creative team includes choreographer Connor Gallagher, and landscape designer David Collins. The costume designer is William Ivey Long, lighting designer Kenneth Posner, and sound designer Peter Helensky. The music supervisor is Chris Kuku and projection designer Peter Nigrini, puppet design by Michael Curry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, Michael Weber’s fantasy, Matt Stine’s music, and David Dabbon’s Choreography.
“Beetlejuice” is the horror, black humor, and crazy fun we all need in our lives. Currently plagued by “Winter Garden”, it is one of the most popular shows on Broadway today. But when Tim Burton’s spooky creativity hits the big stage, you can expect this. Yes, this is the scary lunatic with striped suits and green hair that we liked (and was frightened of) in the 1988 movies and the cartoons of the early 90s.
“Beetle Juice” has been successful on many levels-few shows can become a great movie, a great cartoon, and a great stage musical. What Broadway needs is a fresh breath of demons-a great comedy and a great horror film. We all need a bit of creepy laughter.
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Credits: Playbill.com; broadway.com