Broadway, Broadway, Broadway! That is where ‘Beetlejuice‘ is heading as a new musical, and they’ve just cast the two leads for the pre-Broadway run. We’ve learned that Alex Brightman will be taking on Michael Keaton’s role of the Ghost With the Most while Sophia Anne Caruso will have to fill Winona Ryder’s shoes as Lydia. The previews will begin at Washington, D.C.’s National Theatre on October 14th, 2018 with an official opening set on November 4th-18th.
Brightman is overly excited for being able to play the part and shares:
“If you told eight-year-old Alex Brightman that he would be bringing a millennia-old, bio-exorcist demon from hell to life onstage, that would probably make a lot of sense to him. I’m bursting to show everyone what we’re cooking up with this show. It’s going to be a ridiculous and oddly heartwarming blast!”
These two both have quite a bit of experience behind them as Brightman has earned a Tony nomination for playing Dewey in ‘School of Rock’ and has also taken part in ‘Wicked,’ ‘Matilda,’ and ‘Big Fish.’ Caruso has earned the Lucille Lortel Award nominations for work on both ‘Lazarus’ and ‘The Nether.’
As for the show? They’re describing it as:
Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz (Caruso), a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon (Brightman) who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits.
Offstage there will also be plenty of talent with Tony nominee Alex Timbers directing with a score by Eddie Perfect.
Do you plan on checking out ‘Beetlejuice’ on or off Broadway? Do you think it can stand up to what the film delivered us in 1988? Share your thoughts below!