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 this year. The musical will arrive in March 2019 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with the official opening set to follow on April 25. Tickets are on sale now, and a short trailer has arrived this week.
The musical’s “ghost with the most” is described as being “younger” and “punkier” than the film’s version. “[Alex Brightman’s Beetlejuice] is definitely not a Michael Keaton impression. It’s his own,” director Alex Timbers told EW recently.
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 starred 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.