The Tony Awards were handed out on Sunday night, during a faaaaabulous telecast featuring the best and brightest of the year on Broadway. And the visionary ‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’, based on Tim Burton‘s 1988 film classic was there to represent. The lavish musical was up for eight awards, but sadly went home emptyhanded, but not before star Alex Brightman (formerly of ‘School of Rock’) and the rest of the cast took to the stage (and the aisles) to perform a medley of “Day-o (The Banana Boat Song)” and “The Whole Being Dead Thing.” Catherine O’Hara, who starred in the Burton movie as Delia Deetz, introduced the performance, dressed in a white and black gown that nodded to the suit worn by the title character in both versions.
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If you missed it, or just want to relive it, check it out below:
Sophia Anne Caruso portrays Lydia in the Boardway show. Leslie Kritzer stars as Delia, with Adam Dannheisser as Charles Deetz. Kritzer pulls double duty, also appearing as Miss Argentina. Kerry Butler portrays the recently departed Barbara Maitland, while Rob McClure plays her husband Adam. The cast also includes Jill Abramovitz as Maxine Dean/Juno, Danny Rutigliano as Maxie Dean, Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho, and Dana Steingold as Girl Scout. The music and lyrics are by Eddie Perfect and the book is by Scott Brown and Anthony King. It is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. (Warner Bros. produced the movie.)
‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ was nominated for the Tonys for Best Musical (lost to ‘Hadestown’), Best Book of a Musical
(Scott Brown & Anthony King, lost to ‘Tootsie’), Best Original Score (Eddie Perfect, lost to ‘Hadestown’), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Alex Brightman, lost to Santino Fontana for ‘Tootsie’), Best Scenic Design in a Musical (David Korins, lost to ‘Hadestown’), Best Costume Design in a Musical (William Ivey Long, lost to Bob Mackie for ‘The Cher Show’), Best Lighting Design in a Musical (Kenneth Posner & Peter Nigrini, lost to ‘Hadestown’), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Peter Hylenski, lost to ‘Hadestown’).
Despite not scoring any Tonys, ‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ remains one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. It is now playing at the Winter Garden Theatre.