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I love musicals and when I can have a fun time watching them, so it was no surprise that I greatly enjoyed BEETLEJUICE on Broadway. The actors shone (especially the hysterical Alex Brightman who plays the titular role), the sets, lighting, and effects were top notch, and I loved the music. This is one show you need to see, read on to see why. BEETLEJUICE Musical on Broadway: It’s A Scarily Good Time!
BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and slightly depressed teen who loses her mother. Then she moves to the house, where the Maitlands lived (and died) and then Beetlejuice. She bonds with the Maitlands but starts wishing that her father and Lydia’s life coach/Father’s secret girlfriend Delia would just leave her alone. She makes a deal with Beetlejuice that she regrets after a song or two to scare away living. Then she works with the Maitlands to stop Beetlejuice — there’s a shrunken head, a little “Shake Shake Shake Senora, a trip to the Netherworld, and a rather large sandworm involved.
You may remember Alex Brightman as the original Dewey in School of Rock. He’s got a big personality and handled the role of Beetlejuice really well. A mix of outgoing and inappropriate, he really had us all hooked. He serves as the narrator/guide in the show and then his role changes into major cast member/villain. While the show is different from the movie, there are a lot of similar elements and plots. I couldn’t help feel for Beetlejuice because we saw what contributed to who he became – which was a big departure from the movie. The actress who plays Lydia (Sophia Anne Caruso) is delightful,Leslie Kritzer who plays Delia is hysterical and totally channels Catherine O’Hara’s voice, and Adam and Barbara Maitland (played by Rob McClure and Kerry Butler) are so likable, even when they are trying to be scary ghosts. BEETLEJUICE Musical on Broadway: It’s A Scarily Good Time!
BEETLEJUICE is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers, with an original score by Eddie Perfect (you may recognize him from his role as Mick Holland on Australia’s Offspring series – streaming on Netflix), a book by Scott Brown & Emmy Award nominee Anthony King, music supervision, orchestrations and incidental music by Kris Kukul, and choreography by Connor Gallagher.
This is a wonderful show for adults – either a fun, date night option or with friends/family. Note: I wouldn’t recommend this for kids, as there was some jokes and bits that were really better for an older audience – but every show we review doesn’t have to be for kids. Recommended audience is 10+, but I think older teens would do better with this than my younger kids (who, admittedly may not “Get” some of the jokes. I had a terrific time at BEETLEJUICE and couldn’t stop laughing. In fact, I may go see it again.
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Ticket prices range from $59-$179 (include a $2 facility fee) and recommended for ages 10+. Also, nominated for 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!