Beetlejuice is back, baby!
beetle juice is sacred to horror fans everywhere, which is probably why sequels and remakes never materialized. How can you properly reinvent a classic that means so much to so many people? The answer: turn it into a musical.
What struck me in the first ten minutes of Beetlejuice: the musical was that it was developed with tremendous love and respect for the original. The spectacle encompasses all the many facets of what made the film great while developing the story in ways that are both inventive and referential. There are even several nods to the cartoon that just made me happy.
Beyond that, the costumes, music, humor, horror and incredibly elaborate Burtonesque sets and visuals are an overwhelming and blissful experience for beetle juice Fans. Moreover, the anarchist spirit of obscenity and rudeness of the film is fully retained in the writing.
After a brief covid-induced hiatus, beetle juice is back on Broadway and we have a bunch of exclusive new photos from the revived production! Check them out in all their glory below along with some quotes from the cast and creators.
“This is a great example of how we’ve taken some of the source material from the Beetlejuice cartoon series. The point of the story here is that BJ is thrilled that the Maitlands are about to die. But how could we show this in a totally blown away way? The animated series was full of sight gags (mostly based on puns) and so it was definitely a tribute to the wild and goofy cartoon side of our musical. Also… here’s a fun fact… popcorn and sodas are flown in every day from a little snack shop just outside of Budapest. It’s the only way for me to authentically play this moment. Of course, the public will never know… but I will. And I think that really makes the moment work. I’m picky like that. I’m kidding too.
–Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice
“My favorite scenes from the animated TV series “Beetlejuice” were the ones where Beetlejuice and Lydia were trying to face off. And, in this photo, Beetlejuice similarly tries to scam Lydia and uses every persuasive method he can think of to get him to say his name three times, but Lydia continually outmanoeuvres him.
–Alex Timbers, Director
“The show’s signature shot and line. There was just no way we were going to leave ‘it’s show time’ out of the show. We’re not that crazy. Originally, the line was coming right at the start of the show but where it is now it’s so much more of a climactic moment and it really hits the audience…they go crazy about it I love that part because it’s the moment where BJ gets exactly what he wants. And there’s just something emotional for me about someone (or something) getting the thing he craves for. However, in this case, it’s used for a naughty purpose. Also… here’s a fun fact… I’m inside this table for the entire scene. No trap doors. No secret entrances. I’m stuck in this table for a good 9 minutes.
-Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice
‘Let’s go home.’ “This line has great significance in the series as Lydia constantly wonders where she belongs and what home really means. She mourns the loss of her mother and in this grief she feels incredibly isolated and alone. However, over the course of her journey she discovers that there is love all around her and that family/home can be “a bit unconventional” This moment is her emotional release and as an actor I look forward to every night. Lydia is in a lot of pain throughout the show, and letting go of that huge weight is a beautiful thing. It makes me emotional every night, knowing that many can relate in some way. other. And to show that it is possible to pass to the other side.
–Elizabeth Teeter, Lydia
Beetlejuice the musical continues its Broadway tour at the Marquis Theater in New York. Tickets range from $69 to $169 and are available now at www.Ticketmaster.com and at the Marquis Theater box office.