Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Beetlejuice (Broadway)

From 1,141 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever, Great singing

About the show

The ghost-with-the-most comes to life on stage in this new musical based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film. Directed by Alex Timbers ("Moulin Rouge!"). More…

"Beetlejuice" tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. Under its surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a touching show about family, love, and making the most of every Day-O!

2h 30m | Already closed | Winter Garden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1141)


Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever, Great singing
Avg Score

Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy light-hearted fun, nice music, and great sets.

Don't see it if You are a stickler for the music. There is a lot of departure in order to make BJ the main character.

Also Overall this was very enjoyable and fun. Kritzer steals the show and C... Read more Read less

Surprising, Great cast, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to have a good time at the theatre. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Kritzer is hilarious & really steals the show.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious or for "high art". It's a silly show but lots of fun, it really won me over by the end.

Great adaptation, Delightful, Great staging, Clever, Hilarious

See it if You want a fun night out. Lots to look at without the special effects taking over. Great singing and acting. Great costumes/sets/lighting.

Don't see it if You’re a purist. They’ve changed the plot but in my opinion they’ve maintained the spirit of the film completely.

Also Loved it. I feel like they changed it just enough to make it work real... Read more Read less

Quirky, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if If you liked the movie and enjoy great sers and big productions.

Don't see it if Silly at times music was good, not great.

Silly, Quirky, Great staging, Funny, Delightful

See it if Humorous haunted house musical with fun characters, song & dance. Great set & special effects. Lots of stage presence. Enthusiastic fans.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a silly farce. Some cursing and light sexual humor. Good for teens & up.

Clever, Indulgent, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if It's Alex Brightman's world & we're just renting space! He's the top asset here w/raucous support from Caruso & the divine Kritzer Fab sets

Don't see it if Despite Timber's crackerjack pacing w/an everything AND the kitchen sink staging, the 2nd act seriously derails; with two numbers too many

Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you would like to enjoy a new musical with a good story, a dedicated cast with good voices, on a great set, well-directed for two acts.

Don't see it if you would like to read your program before the start or during intermission as constantly flashing lights make it impossible. Tight seats!

Great staging, Fluffy, Great acting, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You like musicals, fan of the film or Some of the cast, enjoy delicious nonsense, like unexpected stage effects & plots of the supernatural

Don't see it if Don’t like to think about death, watch characters die violently, too much schtick, mediocre dancing, depictions of hell (no matter if funny)

Imaginative, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Silly

See it if you enjoy being entertained. Clever banter, fun dance numbers, great costumes, elaborate sets and magic tricks.

Don't see it if realism is important to you. This thinly plotted show has only a suggestion of truth underlying the improbable actions of the characters.

Quirky, Indulgent, Great staging, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if The afterlife lives in this musical adaptation with a Freaky Deak host. Artful staging, set, projections, and wardrobe.

Don't see it if Silly, Rabbit, Trix are for kids.As are dancing skeletons. Is not is the salt-talk.Know thy audience! Uninspired adaptation inspired by film

Also Worm bait.Another one on the cine hook.

Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Entire cast is superb. Bet we'll see a lot from Sophia Anne Caruso who plays Lydia (beautiful deep voice). Great songs, lots of fun.

Don't see it if Not in the mood for an infectious good time. (You don't need to have seen the movie, as I didn't, and was able to easily follow the show.)

High octane, Inventive, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy high energy, theatrics, great sets, costumes, lighting, laughter, irreverence; Alex Brightman is hysterical & cast is having fun.

Don't see it if you're put off by more than occasional cursing; can't help but compare to the movie; non memorable songs but fun while it's happening.

Also I think an evening of joy and laughter is as worthwhile as seeing a cl... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great staging

See it if You like big spectacular shows with lots of high spots

Don't see it if You are looking for something thought-provoking

Also Hard to believe this is the second musical I’ve seen this week. I gave... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a fun show.No big message.Just fun.Terrific performances.Very nice score.It's really just about having fun in the theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for something pithy or meaningful.We need shows that aren't serious, that just entertain.We need both types!

Insipid, There, Overrated, Nasal, Disappointing

See it if you love the Day-O scene or Beetlejuice as a needy Guy Fieri; liked Charlie & the Chocolate Factory—a spectacle of similar size, quality.

Don't see it if expect innovative tech/set that rises to special challenges afforded by the plot. Story's revised to minimize the need for world-building.

Also Secretly hoped this would knock my socks off like Groundhog Day, but i... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained and like a big spectacle production. Alex Brightman is hilarious and the show is energetic and visually dazzling.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with more sophistication and artistic merit, or would be upset that some things are changed from the movie.

Great singing, Ambitious, Hilarious, Raunchy, Great staging

See it if You enjoy energetic performances, great effects, wonderful singing voices. Alex Brightman charms and Sophia Anne Caruso is a star.

Don't see it if You dont care for raunchy stories, and dislike songs about death or if you are not capable of suspending your disbelief.

Entertaining, Funny, Great costumes, Great staging

See it if You liked the movie & if you enjoy good old nice guys win stories. If you like big productions w/elaborate staging, costumes & choreography.

Don't see it if If you did not like the story or if you prefer realistic stories with simple choreography and natural costumes.

Indulgent, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you enjoyed the black humor of the film. The cast has it in spades.

Don't see it if why is a white woman playing a stereotyped Latina in one scene? I docked points for this; offending for offense’s sake is gross & lazy.

Creepily alluring & great-yet-campy performances, Not for all ages, Dizzying, Chockfull of dark humor, Irreverent

See it if morbidity, grotesquery, absurdism, and a black sense of humor appeal to you; you do not mind a lackluster variation of the quirky 1988 film.

Don't see it if expecting fun for all ages. Dark, creepy motifs, sexual talk, vulgarities, & dead mother jokes may be triggering and inappropriate for some.

Also Playful, whimsical, and weird, Beetlejuice will delight the right crow... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious, Fabulous

See it if You want to laugh and be dazzled by catchy musical numbers and impressive special effects. Great show!

Don't see it if You want sophistication or you are troubled by a lighthearted musical about death.

Fun, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to have a fun time with a show that gets most of its energy from poking fun at Broadway

Don't see it if you want a great score and lyrics with your Broadway dollar

Also Alex Brightman did fun yeoman's work. Especially with his opening "num... Read more Read less

Funny, Fluffy

See it if you haven't seen the movie in long time. I had very low expectations, & was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this. Did I say low?!

Don't see it if you are expecting good music, or good story: Butler & McClure mug too much. The highlight is Leslie Kritzer's latin number!


See it if Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, doesn't quite reach the 3rd to cast the spell. Mommy/daddy issues X death with songs and creepy dancers.

Don't see it if Beelejuice character acts too Trump-like for comfort with crude humor. Ridicules very white, suburban, liberals, middle/upper class.

Also Diversity: 1 very stereotypical, super gay Asian American male charact... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Wildly entertaining musical with great performances by the whole cast. Brightman and Kritzer shine. Eye catching costumes,sets,dancing.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the Beetlejuice story.Some language and scenes may not be for everyone's tastes.

April 25th, 2019
"This show so overstuffs itself with gags, one-liners and visual diversions that you shut down from sensory overload...Brightman and 'Beetlejuice' can indeed sustain this anything-for-a-laugh intensity. And it is not a trait that benefits from prolonged exposure...Here, everybody, including every...
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April 25th, 2019
"Whatever else it may or may not be, 'Beetlejuice' is spectacularly weird...there are magic tricks and giant worms and a starkly linear idea of the afterlife that contrasts well with the chaotic world of the living. If only so much of the rest of 'Beetlejuice' were not a busy mess...It looks grea...
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April 25th, 2019
"True to its source material, it’s loud, it’s cheeky, and it’s all about excess. It’s also—thanks in large part to Alex Brightman’s spot-on performance as the incorrigible titular ghoul—a pretty fun time...The truth is we’re not here for the sweet stuff; we’re here for the mayhem, and the show is...
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April 25th, 2019
"The show is a loving homage to a wonderfully weird original, reconceived for the stage with eye-popping design, full-throttle performances and a mischievous sense of fun...It's impossible to deny the virtuosic showmanship of lead actor Alex Brightman...The writers struggle to control the reins o...
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