Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

UPDATE: This production was forced to close prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s Showtime! Based on the hugely popular 1988 film by Tim Burton, Beetlejuice has finally been unearthed for the Broadway stage. The brand new musical features a book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award nominee Anthony King and an original score by Australian singer-songwriter Eddie Perfect, and it even has a couple of signature tunes from the original movie thrown in for good measure (“Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and “Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora),” both made famous by Jamaican-American icon Harry Belafonte).

Under the direction of two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers, Beetlejuice promises more ghoulish raunch and filth than you could possibly imagine (oh, and the biggest sandworm Broadway has ever seen, of course.) The scenic design by David Korins is a stunningly macabre tribute to Tim Burton himself and the production overflows with special effects by Jeremy Chernick and illusions by Michael Weber that are as jaw-dropping as they are heart-stopping.

Charged with bringing the ghost with the most “to life” eight times a week is original cast member and the Tony-nominated star of School of Rock, Alex Brightman! Fiendishly good casting, we say, as Brightman revels in the irreverence of the title character, stepping into the shoes (and monochrome-striped suit) of Michael Keaton, who created Beetlejuice on the silver screen, alongside co-stars Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

The 1988 movie is credited with firmly establishing Tim Burton as the Master of Macabre and the leader of the gothic fantasy genre. The Broadway musical stays loyal to the source material’s tone and is a true gift for Burton fans across the world.    

Produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Langley Park Productions, whose previous Broadway credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Misery, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Elf among others, the world premiere pre-Broadway engagement of Beetlejuice was staged at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. from October 14 to November 18, 2018. Broadway performances begin on March 28, 2019, ahead of an official opening on April 25.

So, buckle up, Broadway fans! Are you ready to meet Beetlejuice... Beetlejuice... BEETLEJUICE???!!!

(Photos by Matthew Murphy)

This show has now closed. See our list of theatre tickets for shows currently on sale.

Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Beetlejuice:

Lock up your kids, folks, he’s back! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellant than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, 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 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. Plus singing and dancing, of course.

By:
Book by Scott Brown & Anthony King, with Music & Lyrics by Eddie Perfect, based on the Warner Bros. motion picture Beetlejuice with story by Michael McDowell & Larry Wilson
Producer:
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Langley Park Productions
Director:
Alex Timbers
Lighting:
Kenneth Posner
Sound:
Peter Hylenski
Design:
David Korins
Choreography:
Connor Gallagher
Costume:
William Ivey Long
Cast list:
Alex Brightman (as Beetlejuice), Presley Ryan (as Lydia until Mar 29), Kerry Butler (as Barbara), David Josefsberg (as Adam), Adam Dannheisser (as Charles), Leslie Kritzer (as Delia), Jill Abramovitz (as Juno), Kelvin Moon Loh (as Otho), Danny Rutigliano (as Maxie Dean), and Dana Steingold (as the Girl Scout)
Other info:
Musical Direction by Kris Kukul, Music Production by Matt Stine, Dance Arrangements by David Dabbon, Projection Design by Peter Nigrini, Puppet Design by Michael Curry, Special Effects Design by Jeremy Chernick, and Illusions by Michael Weber
Beetlejuice Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 28, 2019
Opening date: 
April 25, 2019
Closes: 
March 10, 2020

Winter Garden Theatre

Address:
1634 Broadway (between 50th and 51st Street), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
50th Street station

Latest Beetlejuice News & Features

Alex Brightman in Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice will not return to the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway
April 8, 2020

Showtime is over... for now! Due to the extended shutdown of Broadway theater due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the much-loved Broadway premiere of Beetlejuice will no longer be returning to the Winter Garden Theatre. Producers of the new musical had previously posted a closure notice for June 6, 2020, but Broadway theaters are now remaining shut until (at least) June 7, 2020. However, Producers are reportedly considering other Broadway venue options for Beetlejuice post-lockdown and a National Tour is still scheduled to launch in the fall of 2021.

Alex Brightman & Leslie Kritzer in Beetlejuice
Alex Brightman & Leslie Kritzer to announce 2020 Drama League Awards nominees
March 11, 2020

April 16, 2020 is the Day-O! Two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman and Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, the current stars of Broadway's smash hit musical Beetlejuice, have been chosen to announce the nominees for The 86th Annual Drama League Awards.

Sophia Anne Caruso & Alex Brightman in Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice posts Broadway closure notice at the Winter Garden Theatre
December 10, 2019

A final booking period has been announced for Beetlejuice, currently at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. The production will now play its final performance on June 6, 2020. Beetlejuice began previews on March 28, ahead of an official opening on April 25. The musical was nominated for eight Tony Awards earlier this year, including 'Best Musical,' 'Best Book of a Musical,' 'Best Original Score,' and Alex Brightman receiving a nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical' as the titular character.  

Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice
A New York Theatre Guide to... Beetlejuice!
April 29, 2019

Welcome to your New York Theatre Guide to Beetlejuice… Beetlejuice… BEETLEJUICE!!! The brand new Broadway musical, based on the much loved 1988 Tim Burton cult classic, is now officially open and haunting the Winter Garden Theatre eight times a week and we’re here to give you the full low-down on this spooktacular new production…   Alex Brightman in Beetlejuice What’s it all about?

Interview with Beetlejuice star Alex Brightman
April 26, 2019

We talk to the Tony Award nominee who is back on Broadway to star as the titular character of the musical adaptation of Beetlejuice...

Our Beetlejuice Review

The Broadway musical has long come back from the dead — the 1980s doldrums in which the vacuum was filled by British imports, starting with Cats which ran for nearly 18 years at the Winter Garden Theatre. But for Broadway's latest behemoth, the stage of the same theatre is now joyfully populated with the living dead.