It doesn’t look as though there will ever be another ‘Beetlejuice’ film– unless at some point someone decides to remake the original– but the beloved film is being revisited in a format that may drive the story to even greater heights– a Broadway musical! This is one of the most buzzed-about productions in years, and it is now beguiling live audiences. It just opened on April 25, but it burst onto the scene scoring eight Tony Award nominations!
‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ features music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect and book by Scott Brown and Anthony King. Alex Brightman (who is best known for playing Dewey Finn in the stage version of ‘School of Rock’) stars as the titular ghoul, with Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia, Kerry Butler as Barbara Maitland, and Rob McClure as Adam Maitland, as well as Leslie Kritzer, Adam Dannheisser, Jill Abramovitz, Danny Rutigliano, Kelvin Moon Loh, and Dana Steingold.
It’s up for Best Musical, Best Book for a Musical for Brown and King, Best Original Score for Perfect, Best Lead Actor in a Musical for Brightman, Best Scenic Design for a Musical for David Korins, Best Costume Design of a Musical for William Ivey Long, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for Peter Hylenski.
To celebrate, Brightman and the cast appeared on ‘The Today Show’ to perform a modified version of the musical’s opening number “The Whole Being Dead Thing” with lyrics that name-checked the talk show’s panel of hosts.
Check it out below:
If you’d like a taste of more of ‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ here the official trailer, featuring more song snippets and the Tony-nominated sets and staging:
‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ seems to remain true to the Tim Burton film in almost every way, simply reinterpreted with more songs. And since a film sequel will probably never materialize, this should be a great way for fans to revisit the story, but with a new bent.
‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ is now playing on Broadway.
Source: The New York Times