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Next stop for Beetlejuice: Broadway?!?

By Steve Spears
Wednesday 12 September 2018 11.12

Is Beetlejuice ready for Broadway? "Ah. Well… I attended Juilliard… I'm a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I've seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT… NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU'RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY… NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I'm qualified?"

Get ready to make your millennium because Beetlejuice is actually really coming to Broadway as a musical. The Hollywood Reporter says the stage adaptation of the 1988 movie will debut in Washington, D.C., this fall before moving to New York's Winter Garden Theatre in the spring.

The original movie starred Michael Keaton in the title role as an antisocial spirit hired by two new ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to chase away the human inhabitants of their old home. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie's success inspired an animated series, video games, theme park attractions and constantly fueled rumors of sequels.

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Turning a movie into a stage production seems to be a fairly popular stunt these days. Frozen, King Kong, Mean Girls, School of Rock and many other popular movies have had their moments on Broadway.

For the stage version of Beetlejuice, Alex Brightman will play the title role with Sophia Anne Caruso playing the teenaged Lydia Deetz. The show will be directed by Alex Timbers, choreographed by Connor Gallagher and scored by Eddie Perfect.


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