What Did Critics Think of the Beetlejuice Musical's World Premiere?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of the Beetlejuice Musical's World Premiere?
 
The ghost with the most heads to the Washington, D.C. stage before a Broadway bow.
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Sophia Anne Caruso Matthew Murphy

The new musical adaptation of Beetlejuice celebrated its official opening at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. November 4. Following the world premiere engagement, the show, inspired by the Tim Burton dark comedy, will play Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, opening in spring 2019.

Alex Brightman
Alex Brightman Matthew Murphy

The musical features a score by Australian musician-comedian Eddie Perfect (who is also represented on Broadway this season with King Kong) and a book by Anthony King and Scott Brown. Alex Timbers (the Broadway-aimed Moulin Rouge!) directs; Connor Gallagher serves as choreographer.

School of Rock Tony nominee Alex Brightman takes on the title role of the crude ghost with the most, with Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz, the goth teenager who conjures him in the hopes of scaring off her parents.

Read reviews for the D.C. production below.

iHeartRadio (Toby Knapp)

Metro Weekly (André Hereford)

Variety (Paul Harris)

The Washington Post (Peter Marks)

Playbill will continue to update this list as more reviews come in.

The cast also includes Tony nominees Kerry Butler and Rob McClure as Barbara and Adam Maitland (the deceased former owners of the Deetzes' new house), Leslie Kritzer and Adam Dannheisser as Delia and Charles Deetz, Jill Abramovitz and Danny Rutigliano as Maxine and Maxi Dean, and Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho.

Rounding out the ensemble are 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 musical features orchestrations by music supervisor Kris Kukul, sets by David Korins, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design by Peter Nigrini, puppet design by Michael Curry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, and illusions from Michael Weber.

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