We’ve known there was a Broadway show based on Tim Burton’s 1988 film Beetlejuice in the works for quite some time, and we’ve finally got an official tease of the show!
Tony Nominee Alex Brightman will be playing the title role of the ghost with the most–Beetlejuice, and you can get your first look at him here:
Beetlejuice The Musical director Alex Timbers says of Brightman:
“One of the things I love about Alex is, not only is he a great theater performer, but he’s also a writer, so he brings a sensibility that can stand outside the performance. [His Beetlejuice] is definitely not a Michael Keaton impression. It’s his own. It’s filtered through the sensibility of Alex Brightman.”
As to the story, Timbers tells Entertainment Weekly:
“Refocusing the story on Lydia’s emotional journey, Lydia’s relationship to Beetlejuice — who were [both] more like secondary characters in the film — felt like a great way in. Beetlejuice and Lydia are both trickster figures, in a way. Certainly Beetlejuice is, but musical theater has a great history of con men as characters when you think about Bialystock and Bloom or Harold Hill in The Music Man, so it felt to me that the DNA of those two characters felt like great musical theater protagonists in the way they work off each other.”
One of our personal favorite scenes from the film is going to be a part of the stage show, too:
“The dinner party scene is in the show, but where it exists and how it functions and how the music functions is surprising. So there are Easter eggs from the film, and what I want to do is pass the sniff test for fans, but I want it to feel like its own surprising, exciting piece of theater.”
You can check out the official first tease here:
Beetlejuice The Musical will premiere at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in March 2019 before officially opening on April 25th, 2019.