Well, we knew it was happening and now we’ve got proof. Beetlejuice: The Musical, directed by Alex Timbers with a score by Eddie Perfect, dropped two tracks this week to give fans a taste of what the proverbial “ghost with the most” will be bringing to Broadway audiences later this month when it officially opens.
Tony-nominee Alex Brightman who previously wowed audiences with his starring turn in School of Rock, another movie turned musical, stars as Beetlejuice opposite Sophie Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz.
Broadway veterans Adam Dannheisser and Leslie Kritzer will appear as Lydia’s dad and stepmother and Rob McClure and Kerry Butler will play Adam and Barbara, two ghosts who just want to spend their afterlife in peace in their own home.
Beetlejuice first hit the big screen in 1988 starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis in the roles.
Turning the film into a musical isn’t even really a stretch. Fans will never forget the Deetzes’ disastrous dinner party culminating in a hilarious performance of “Day-O” or Lydia flying through the air to “Jump in Line (Shake Senora).”
For the Broadway show, the composer has gone for a more rock-infused vibe with the Brightman/Caruso duet “Say My Name” and Caruso’s “Dead Mom.”
Beetlejuice: The Musical will open April 25, 2019 at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway.
Check out the songs below, and tell us what you think!