Beetlejuice is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect and book by Scott Brown and Anthony King. It is based on the 1988 film of the same name, about a deceased couple who try to haunt the new inhabitants of their former home and call help from a devious bio-exorcist ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced “Beetlejuice”), who is summoned by saying his name three times.
The musical premiered at the National Theatre, Washington, D.C. in October 2018, prior to opening on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 25, 2019. It is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (which through Warner Bros. owns the franchise).
In 2016 a musical adaptation of the 1988 film Beetlejuice (directed by Tim Burton and starring Geena Davis as Barbara Maitland, Alec Baldwin as Adam Maitland, Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice) was reported to be in the works, directed by Alex Timbers and produced by Warner Brothers, following a reading with Christopher Fitzgerald in the title role. In March 2017 it was reported that Australian musical comedian Eddie Perfect would be writing the music and lyrics and Scott Brown and Anthony King would be writing the book of the musical, and that another reading would take place in May, featuring Kris Kukul as musical director. The musical has had three readings and two laboratory workshops with Alex Brightman in the title role, Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz, Kerry Butler and Danny Pudi as Barbara and Adam Maitland.
The musical premiered its pre-Broadway tryout at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. for a limited run from October 14 to November 18, 2018. The production will be directed by Alex Timbers, choreographed by Connor Gallagher, musical direction by Kris Kukul, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design Peter Nigrini, puppet design by Michael Curry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Michael Weber, music producing by Matt Stine and dance arrangements by David Dabbon. On August 16, it was announced that Alex Brightman would star as the title role alongside Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz, after playing the roles in the workshops.
On August 22, the full casting was announced including Kerry Butler (after appearing in workshops) and Rob McClure as Barbara and Adam Maitland, Leslie Kritzer and Adam Dannheisser as Delia and Charles Deetz, Jill Abramovitz and Danny Rutigliano as Maxine and Maxi Dean and Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho. The ensemble will include Tessa Alves, Johnny Brantley, Ryan Breslin, Brooke Engen, Abe Goldfarb, Eric Anthony Johnson, Elliott Mattox, Mateo Melendez, George Merrick, Ramone Owens, Devin Roberts, Presley Ryan, Kim Sava, and Dana Steingold.
On September 6, it was announced that following its Washington D.C. tryout, the musical will open during the 2018-19 season on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre with previews beginning on March 28, 2019, and an official opening night on April 25, 2019.
- *= song featured in the original 1988 film.
Characters and Casts
|Character||Workshop (2017)||Washington, D.C. (2018)||Broadway (2019)|
|Lydia Deetz||Sophia Anne Caruso|
|Barbara Maitland||Kerry Butler|
|Adam Maitland||Danny Pudi||Rob McClure|
|Delia Deetz||Jessica Phillips||Leslie Kritzer|
|Charles Deetz||Adam Dannheisser|
|Maxine Dean / Mrs. Shoggoth||Jill Abramovitz|
|Maxie Dean||Danny Rutigliano||TBA|
|Otho||Kelvin Moon Loh|
Beetlejuice (1988) Movie Trailer
Full Broadway Cast
Alex Brightman – Beetlejuice
Kerry Butler – Barbara Maitland
Sophia Anne Caruso – Lydia Deetz
Adam Dannheisser – Charles Deetz
Leslie Kritzer – Delia Deetz
Rob McClure – Adam Maitland
Jill Abramovitz – Maxine Dean/Juno
Kelvin Moon Loh – Otho
Danny Rutigliano – Maxie Dean
Dana Steingold – Girl Scout
Tessa Alves – Ensemble
Gilbert L. Bailey II – Ensemble
Will Blum – Ensemble
Johnny Brantley III – Broadway Debut – Ensemble
Ryan Breslin – Ensemble
Natalie Charle Ellis – Ensemble
Brooke Engen – Ensemble
Abe Goldfarb – Broadway Debut / Ensemble
Eric Anthony Johnson – Broadway Debut – Ensemble
Elliott Mattox – Ensemble
Mateo Melendez – Broadway Debut / Ensemble
Sean Montgomery – Ensemble
Ramone Owens – Ensemble
Presley Ryan – Ensemble
Kim Sava – Broadway Debut / Ensemble
Full Broadway Creative
Book by Scott Brown and Anthony King
Music by Eddie Perfect
Lyrics by Eddie Perfect
Based on the motion picture by the Geffen Company
Based on the Geffen Company Picture, with story by Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson
Music orchestrated by Kris Kukul
Incidental music by Kris Kukul; Dance arrangements by David Dabbon
Directed by Alex Timbers; Choreographed by Connor Gallagher
Associate Director: Catie Davis
Associate Choreographer: Nancy Renée Braun
Scenic Design by David Korins
Costume Design by William Ivey Long
Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner
Sound Design by Peter Hylenski
Hair and Wig Design by Charles G. LaPointe
Make-Up Design by Joe Dulude, II
Projection Design by Peter Nigrini
Puppet Design by Michael Curry
Line Producer: Jenny Gersten
General Manager: Bespoke Theatricals
Company Manager: Carol M. Oune
Production Stage Manager: Matthew DiCarlo
Musical Supervisor: Kris Kukul
Music Producing by Matt Stine
Special Effects by Jeremy Chernick
Illusions by Michael Weber
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