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The Winter Garden Theater had been home to the School Of Rock for as long as I could remember, so when it came to a close, I wondered what Broadway newcomer would take its place. Eventually, the exterior of the theater transformed, donning white and black stripes, to welcome its newest resident BEETLEJUICE. As a fan of the movie growing up, I was surprised that I didn’t remember much of the story except that of echoing Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Beetlejuice three times; and with that, I was excited for the refresher, and to see how the story transitioned to Broadway.
BEETLEJUICE stars Tony Award nominee Alex Brighten, formerly of School of Rock. Funny enough, my theatre buddy for the evening, Siella, recognized him from the moment he went on stage! Other cast include Two-Time Nortel Award nominee Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus) as Lydia, Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler (Mean Girls) as Barbara, Tony Award Nominee Rob McClure (Honeymoon In Vegas) as Adam, Obie Award Winner Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages) as Charles, and Two-Time Drama Desk Award Nominee Leslie Kritzer (The Robber Bridegroom) as Delia.
The ghost-with-the-most comes to the stage in this edgy and irreverent musical comedy based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved 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 Beetlejuice, a delightful demon with a real zest for life. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, this double-crossing specter shows his true stripes, unleashing a (Nether)world of pandemonium, and the biggest sandworm Broadway has ever seen.
Honestly guys, this show is a must see. We laughed nonstop, with the extremely talented cast keeping us entertained the entire time. I should mention there were some profanities and at times it may had some situations not meant for kids, but most went right over Siella’s head. After the show, we had an opportunity to attend a talk back with the cast, which was pretty interesting. You’re probably wondering if BEETLEJUICE on Broadway is exactly the same as the movie, and the answer is no, for a few reasons. Runtime for the movie was actually only 90 minutes long, while the play lasted two hours and 40 minutes. With that, some new material had to be added, and they did so seamlessly. Also some things from the film aren’t accepted by most society this day and age, like a young girl getting married to a man, but the play puts its own spin on that kind of stuff by making fun of it.
Tickets prices range from $59 to $179, and recommended ages are 10+. And by the way, popularity for BeetleJuice is sure to skyrocket, as the performance has been nominate for 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!