We may be no closer to that Beetlejuice sequel finally becoming reality, but the beloved characters will at least be returning in a musical that’s headed to Broadway early next year. The musical will arrive in March 2019 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with the official opening set to follow on April 25. Previews began in Washington D.C. last night, and EW has your first look at star Alex Brightman in the role that Michael Keaton made famous back in 1988.
The musical’s “ghost with the most” is described as being “younger” and “punkier” than the film’s version. “[His Beetlejuice] is definitely not a Michael Keaton impression. It’s his own. It’s filtered through the sensibility of Alex Brightman,” director Alex Timbers told the site.
He also noted, “There are Easter eggs from the film, and what I want to do is pass the sniff test for fans, but I want it to feel like its own surprising, exciting piece of theater.”
Directed by Alex Timbers, with a score by Eddie Perfect, book by Scott Brown & Anthony King and choreography by Connor Gallagher, the pre-Broadway engagement stars Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso as the title character and Lydia Deetz, respectively.
Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” When Lydia calls on a degenerate demon to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with a plan involving exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits.
The musical officially opens at Washington’s National Theatre on November 4.