World Premiere of Beetlejuice Musical Opens in Washington, D.C. Before Broadway Bow

Broadway News   World Premiere of Beetlejuice Musical Opens in Washington, D.C. Before Broadway Bow
 
Alex Brightman stars as the title demon in the stage adaptation of the Tim Burton favorite.
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Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso Matthew Murphy

It's showtime.

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Sophia Anne Caruso, Rob McClure, and Kerry Butler Matthew Murphy

The pre-Broadway engagement of Beetlejuice, a new musical inspired by Tim Burton's 1988 dark comedy, officially opens at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre November 4. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through November 16.

The show will then take up Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre (currently home to School of Rock), opening April 25, 2019.

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.

Joining them are 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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