It’s showtime: the new musical comedy Beetlejuice, based on the cult-classic 1988 film by Tim Burton, will open on Broadway later this month.
The play follows Lydia Deetz, a teenager obsessed with “the dead” who stumbles upon a recently-deceased couple that are haunting her new house, and the demon known for his love of stripes. She calls on the “ghost-with-the-most” to scare away her parents, who she believes are insufficient, and Betelgeuse creates a massive plan involving an exorcism and arranged marriages.
Alex Brightman, the Tony Award nominee for his lead role in School of Rock, will star in the title role, followed by Sophia Anne Carusa, known for her work in Lazarus, as Lydia, and Kerry Butler of Mean Girls will play Barbara. The remaining lead roles include Rob McClure as Adam, Adam Dannheisser as Charles, Leslie Kritzer as Delia, Jill Abramovitz as Maxine Dean and Juno, Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho, Danny Rutigliano as Maxie Dean, and Dana Steingold as the Girl Scout.
Two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers will direct the show with the book by Scott Brown and Emmy nominee Anthony King. Eddie Perfect has created an original score, Connor Gallagher will choreograph the show, and Kris Kukul will spearhead the music supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music.
The show is dubbed by iHeartRadio as “the musical comedy escape Broadway needs right now,” with its horror-tastic nature and edgy, unique storyline. It is currently in previews at the Winter Garden Theater and is set to open on Thursday, April 25.