Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice

First Broadway preview date confirmed and first look photo released for Beetlejuice

The Broadway premiere of Beetlejuice begins performances at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 28, 2019.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of the new musical comedy Beetlejuice, based on the hugely popular 1988 Tim Burton film. Previews begin at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 28, 2019, ahead of an official opening on April 25. The production is currently playing a pre-Broadway world premiere engagement at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. , which began on October 14 and will run through to November 18, 2018, with an official opening set for November 4.

Beetlejuice features a book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award nominee Anthony King, with an original score by Eddie Perfect, inspired by Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson's original story.

The production is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and choreographed by Connor Gallagher.

Synopsis: "It's showtime, 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."

As previously announced, the cast of Beetlejuice includes Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (as Beetlejuice) and two-time Lucille Lortel Award nominee Sophia Anne Caruso (as Lydia), alongside Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler (as Barbara), Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (as Adam), Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser (as Charles), two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer (as Delia), Jill Abramovitz (as Maxine Dean), Danny Rutigliano (as Maxie Dean) and Kelvin Moon Loh (as Otho).

The ensemble includes Tessa Alves, Johnny Brantley, Ryan Breslin, Brooke Engen, Abe Goldfarb, Eric Anthony Johnson, Elliott Mattox, Mateo Melendez, George Merrick, Ramone Owens, Devin Roberts,Presley Ryan, Kim Sava, and Dana Steingold.

The creative team also features musical direction by Kris Kuku, scenic design by two-time Tony Award nominee David Korins, costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by four-time Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini, puppet design by Drama Desk Award winner Michael Curry, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Michael Weber, music production by Matt Stine, and dance arrangements by David Dabbon, 

Directed by Tim Burton and released in March 1988, "Beetlejuice" earned over $73 million at the US box office and also picked up the Academy Award for "Best Makeup". The film's cast was led by Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara.

Beetlejuice is produced on Broadway by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Langley Park Productions.

Check out this first official photo of Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice!

Beetlejuice Tickets are available now for performances from March 28 through to October 6, 2019.

(Photo by Matthew Murphy)

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