When it comes to the new tradition of turning popular movies into stage musicals, Beetlejuice doesn’t seem like an obvious choice, but it should. The 1988 movie directed by Tim Burton features colourful sets and costumes, over the top characters, and even a couple of musical numbers, so a transfer to the stage should be relatively easy. And so it is. Beetlejuice the Musical is launching later this fall for a limited engagement in Washington D.C., but its Broadway debut has now been booked.
If you’re thinking about a trip to New York City, consider Spring 2019, when Beetlejuice is set to open on the Great White Way. According to Playbill, Beetlejuice will open at Winter Garden Theatre sometime in April, and will hold previews sometime in March. Exact dates are not yet known.
Before that though, Beetlejuice will be holding a two-week engagement at the National Theatre in Washington from November 4th to November 18th. The Washington cast includes School of Rock Tony nominee Alex Brightman as the Ghost with the Most, the lude and crude “bio-exterminator” that can be released from his confines by saying his name three times. Michael Keaton played Beetlejuice in the original film.
Tony nominees Kerry Butler and Rob McClure play Barbara and Adam Maitland, a recently deceased married couple that seeks to remove a yuppie couple from their Earthly home. Leslie Kritzer and Adam Dennheisser play Delia and Charles Deetz, the aforementioned couple, and Sophia Anne Caruso plays Lydia Deetz, Charles’ daughter who becomes fascinated by the Maitlands and befriends them.
There’s no news on who the cast will be for the Broadway run of Beetlejuice, but the original creative team will bring the musical to its new home on Broadway. Eddie Perfect, who’s right now working on a King Kong musical, wrote the music, the play book was written by Anthony King and Scott Brown, and Connor Gallagher will stage the choreography. Alex Timbers, who oversaw the stage version of Moulin Rouge!, will direct.
Beetlejuice will be taking the place of the musical School of Rock, which wraps it’s three-year Broadway engagement at New York’s Winter Garden on January 20th.