Yeah, you read that headline correctly. According to The New York Post, Tim Burton’s classic horror comedy, Beetlejuice, is currently in development by Warner Brothers for the 2018/2019 Broadway season. Not only that, but the show has brought on a brilliant young director to helm the show.
Alex Timbers has made a name for himself directing smaller shows on Broadway, but he also had the director’s spot when the Sylvester Stallone hit film, Rocky, was also adapted for the stage as a musical. While that adaptation was almost universally panned, it was an audience favorite and even the critics agreed that the last 20 minutes, in which the entire orchestra section became a boxing ring for the final fight, was exhilarating theater.
Beetlejuice, of course, tells the story of recently deceased Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) who enlist the help of bio-exorcist Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) when a horrible yuppie couple move into their home with their death obsessed daughter, Lydia (Winona Ryder).
Music has always played an integral part in Burton’s films, and Beetlejuice is no exception. Between the “Banana Boat Song” during an ill-fated dinner party and “Jump in the Line” as the final credits roll, the film is already well on its way before you even take into account the brilliant, quirky score by Danny Elfman. One can only hope Elfman is considered to compose the songs for the new show!
If the project makes it to the stage, it would be joining the ranks of other horror comedies that have made their own splash on the musical stage. The Addams Family and Young Frankenstein were both popular adaptations and The Addams Family has become a fan favorite on tour.
We’ll keep you posted as more details are released! And while we wait, check out those musical numbers below!