New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Beetlejuice (Broadway)

From 47 critic and 322 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever, Quirky

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!


“Fantastic stage adaptation...Its wild antics and grotesque yet glittery depictions of the underworld have restored lightness, cheek-aching laughter and unabashed, over-the-top, go-for-broke fun back to Broadway...A crowd-pleasing wonder...A movie-based musical that is entirely modern, original, stage-worthy and, in some ways, even superior to the film itself...The most devilishly delightful and debaucherously entertaining event on Broadway.” Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"The new book and music and lyrics build on the source material, but add more rapid-fire jokes, some slightly different twists, and a score that infuses Broadway with rock, punk, pop, and Latin music styles for an ebullient edgy theatrical re-imagining of the cult-classic movie. Director Alex Timbers sets a lively pace, and a killer cast embraces the quirky characters, offbeat jokes, madcap songs, and zany choreography with full-blown vibrancy." Full Review

Carole Di Tosti

"If you are a great fan of Tim Burton’s creative genius and his enlightened vision of the 'Netherworld' and the malevolent, frightful spirits that populate it, you will not be disappointed by this glorious iteration that replicates them with the brilliance of twitting itself in the process...There’s a lot to be thrilled about. The puppetry is spectacular...'Beetlejuice' is a LOL ride and must-see, especially if you saw the film a number of times and appreciate its wit and originality." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"A creative team that includes director Alex Timbers and his inspired designers David Korins (sets) and William Ivey Long (costumes), animate this parade of eccentricity with flair and great comedy technique that turns it into a subversive delight. The score by Eddie Perfect is full of wit and grit, and Scott Brown and Anthony King's book propels it forward smartly. There are also hilarious performances from Leslie Kritzer and Sophia Anne Caruso." Full Review


"The musical is a theme park unto itself and a fun, offbeat roller-coaster ride from start to finish. It stands out as a superior adaptation for so many reasons, but mostly due to Brown and King’s clever book and outrageously effervescent performances by Brightman, Kritzer and Caruso, plus whimsical sets by Korins and over-the-top costumes by William Ivey Long...Director Alex Timbers holds everything together beautifully and gets noteworthy performances from the rest of the cast." Full Review


"One irreverent, funny roller-coaster ride to hell and back. It has bloodcurdlingly, witty dialogue. And a bunch of over-the-top characters. A man down the aisle from me laughed so hard he nearly lost one of his heads...The hidden star in this show, however, is Scott Brown and Anthony King’s book. It is cleverly written and constantly surprising, and very, very funny. This is one show where some people will bust a gut; others may laugh their asses off." Full Review

Stage Right Secrets

"From the moment you step into the theater, you are transported to a different world...What completely steals the show is not a specific actor, line or song but the sets, lights and special effects, which are to die for...Simply, 'Beetlejuice' is fun, fun, FUN! It is a wacky, witty, raunchy, sometimes messy, sometimes complete sensory overflow but is that not also a perfect definition of the titular character audience members recall from the movie?" Full Review


"The retooling done since its out-of-town tryout in D.C. gives the latest film-to-musical adaptation fresh snap, surprises and (gasp!) even heart. Sure, the narrative becomes a bit of a cluster-muck in the second act — but mostly it’s just screamingly good fun...The plotting eventually goes completely off the rails, but keeping things entertaining enough are the off-the-wall humor, endless visuals and aural delights, tuneful music and wicked lyrics of Perfect." Full Review

Daily Beast

"'Beetlejuice,' as it now presents itself, is a loopy, nutty, loud, winning hoot. It’s still pretty tasteless, lewd and inappropriate too—just acceptably so...Kritzer’s performance is one of the comic cherries-on-top of the Broadway season...Yes, the show is an extremely long two and a half plus hours, yes it feels off-balance in places, but it is also shameless, big, bold, fun and brassy. This is the miss that may well become a hit." Full Review


“Under the resourceful direction of Timbers, the principals form a sublime ensemble...They create maximal mayhem...There are moments when relentless exuberance becomes monotonous and it's hard not to ponder all that doesn't add up in the story. Those moments are relatively few and when they occur, the eclectic musical score, the visual humor, and the cast's hijinks soon reassert themselves, distracting us once again from our disbelief." Full Review

Musical Theater Review

“If you feel even the slightest hint of a migraine coming on, you might want to skip venturing into this funhouse/madhouse...It’s an incredibly noisy experience aimed primarily at scaring the living. And it’s done with a riotous score...The show has been directed with what feels like unhinged imagination...Coherence is thrown to the winds...What remains pretty constant is the playful obnoxiousness and energy of Brightman as Beetlejuice. It’s a monumental performance.” Full Review

New York Stage Review

"A very enjoyable, very self-aware, very slick, very tuneful, very constructed-to-please-the-crowds new Broadway musical...All of it builds to a perfectly, wonderfully, showbizzy good time...It’s those big performances that work best here — Jill Abramovitz, wonderfully ridiculous in a bit part as an investor’s vacant wife, is a standout — because the whole show is so big." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

“Madcap spectacle, a killer set, and some fine performances dominate this movie-to-musical product of the Broadway-industrial complex...The sort of high-octane thrills you might you might find at a high-end amusement park...’Beetlejuice’ isn’t at its best when it’s trying to tug at the heartstrings. The story is most effective when it’s satirizing America’s out-of-touch bourgeois, and this cast is up to the task.” Full Review

Rolling Stone

"A joyful musical that celebrates death and the afterlife may seem like an odd mixture for audience entertainment, but black humor has long been an antidote to the venom of reality and Eddie Perfect’s wild and witty lyrics keep returning to existential minefields...The two best songs are reserved for the second act when we finally get a glimpse at the characters in the Netherworld." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"Crafted from a group of creative minds who clearly love the source material...There are still second act problems and a song list void of any real bops, but it’s a fun time for the Burton novice and pure fan service for the Burton stans, thanks in large part to the titular puckish undead spirit breathing life into a Broadway experiment that could’ve been dead in the water...The real surprise standout is Kritzer’s Delia. A supporting role, yes, but one she blends with all kinds of comedy." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"Wildly entertaining...You just have to sit back and be surprised, tickled, and over-joyed with ghoulish glee. That’s all because of the energetic dynamo Alex Brightman...'Beetlejuice' does everything that it needs to do 'Invisible'-y in about the first ten minutes, surprising and knocking us down with its wit and darkly fun play. And that’s quite the feat when you know the source material...Your heart won’t be twisted, but your funny bone will get worked out until death." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

“A succession of inventive visual, comic, and musical delights…The lyrics are often risibly clever but the music is best at creating upbeat rhythmic backgrounds for Connor Gallagher's…acrobatic choreography...Too many…tunes…sound like the generic, big-note numbers that populate so many 21st-century musicals…I can't deny occasionally feeling I was six feet under but that doesn't mean that 'Beetlejuice,' which insists it's about death, isn't very much alive.” Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"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 of their galloping narrative...The musical delivers a unique fan experience for lovers of the movie, and plenty of touches that Burton cultists will appreciate." Full Review


"Director Alex Timbers matches film director Tim Burton's ceaseless creativity. Obviously the challenge was on having to compete with all the filmic effects, and thanks to scenic designer David Korins and the special effects creators, the imagery is truly dazzling. Besides Beetlejuice, the showcase character is Leslie Kritzer's ditzy Delia, and she utterly slays us with this off-the-wall performance. For all the talent here, the show suffers from sensory overload." Full Review

Broadway News

"Against considerable odds, the musical manages to surmount most of the hurdles it faces, even if, like that nasty-funny ghost at its center, for many it may ultimately overstay its welcome...The musical is considerably funnier than the movie...The director, the prolific Alex Timbers, might have profitably taken an editor’s pen to the cumbersome gyrations of the plot...Kritzer and Brightman aside, the performers are not given much high-fiber comic material." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

"Happily and improbably, 'Beetlejuice,' directed by Alex Timbers, lays those problems to rest. (A pretty hectic rest, but still.) Where the show falters is in the more ordinary stuff of musical theater, story and song...The book writers, Scott Brown and Anthony King, have plenty of good lines, but they haven’t really decided what story they want to tell...Eddie Perfect’s songs are forgettable...And yet somehow, impossibly, 'Beetlejuice' is pretty fun." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"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 at its best when the growling, grinning Brightman is onstage...The musical is supposed to have twin engines, Beetlejuice and Lydia, but only the first is fully firing." Full Review

The Washington Post

"This reworked incarnation, under Alex Timbers’s direction, breathes slightly more enjoyably even as it remains too faithful to the pumped-up inclinations of book writers Scott Brown and Anthony King and composer-lyricist Eddie Perfect...On the seriously plus side, two inferior songs have been cut from Act 2...It will never be among my favorite musicals, but I bet there will be a healthy and less-encumbered cheering section for it in New York." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“The story goes a bit flat, and is harder to follow than the film, Brown and King have fun with the dialog...Aside from Brightman and Kritzer, none of the performances really jump, mostly because the otherwise talented actors bring very little life or dimension to their characters. But the show succeeds...’Beetlejuice’ is a Broadway crowd pleaser that does what it sets out to do: provide a visually pleasing reminder of an old favorite. To look any deeper would be a mistake.” Full Review


"There’s plenty worth a haunt here, from David Korins’ off-kilter spook house set to Alex Brightman’s raspy-voiced title performance and, most of all, the deliriously gorgeous singing of young Sophia Anne Caruso, and it all comes within reasonable reach of exorcising the bad vibes that attached themselves to the production during its pre-Broadway run in Washington D.C...The book retains the best bits from the movie without adding much of lasting value." Full Review

Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You grew up with the original film and love it to death.

Don't see it if You have epilepsy there is a lot of flashing lights. Also it is very different from the movie. Personally I like this a lot more

Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if Amazing set and lights. Show is very funny and full of amazing surprises

Don't see it if Don’t see If you expect it to be like the movie and if you don’t like cursing

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you liked Kinky Boots as this show is full of energy also. Great music and voices.

Don't see it if You can't stand some profanity.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You are a fan of the movie or book... they did a great job adapting this story to stage and the actors performances are amazing.

Don't see it if You are not a fan, are epileptic or have vertigo cuz the lighting can be dizzying at times.

Must see, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You’re a fan of the original movie!!! If you like to laugh

Don't see it if You don’t like a fun crazy show

Funny, Clever, Epic, Must see, Great singing

See it if You want to laugh and see amazing singing.

Don't see it if You want to sit in your chair and never smile.

Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to have a blast! It's a great time. The cast & sets are amazing. It's so funny.

Don't see it if If you have no sense of humor or have a medical conditions that strobe lights can be harmful.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you like the movie Great acting singers staging Funny show You will have a blast

Don't see it if If you want a family show Not appropriate for young kids

Raunchy, Quirky, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you understand the appeal of the Beetlejuice movie, are a fan of Alex Brightman, are fascinated with set design

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the macabre, have young kids susceptible to humor that may be considered crass or vulgar

Also This show is so FUN. From the first curtain, set design, Alex Brightma... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Quirky, Must see, Hilarious, Clever

See it if It is a wild, weird ride. Very inventive and rapid fire jokes. Just a very fun night in the theater

Don't see it if It is edgy and very fast moving with a lot going on

Entertaining, Refreshing, Edgy, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you enjoyed the original Beetlejuice movie. This story is different from the original, but with everything that made the movie so amazing!

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of comedy or paranormal stories.

Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Edgy, Clever

See it if You enjoy adult humor You are a fan of the movie You want a big production with lots of bells and whistles.

Don't see it if -You don’t like big huge shows -You are bringing the little ones -You want a straight forward, no frills show

Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if I was so pleasantly surprised by this show especially after reading some critical reviews. It's so clever and entertaining. Go see it!!

Don't see it if you don't like quirky musicals. Yes it's a bit quirky but it's soooo entertaining. Great performances. So terribly surprised. I loved it

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.)

Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if We saw this show last night, great entertainment! The cast and sets are amazing. Funny and light, it is for all ages.

Don't see it if If you do not enjoy laughing.,

Great acting, Hilarious, Funny, Clever

See it if Love the classic and wouldn't mind a modern take on it.

Don't see it if You want a 100% faithful adaptation to the movie.

Clever, Hilarious, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you loved the movie but are tolerant of some changes. Really a fun time with exuberant singing and dancing. Great staging and lighting.

Don't see it if you hated the movie

Also Standout performances from Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso and Lesl... Read more Read less

Must see, Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if If you want to enjoy some great talent, performing a great show, with some great humor. I sat there thinking I never wanted it to end!

Don't see it if If you don't like any inappropriate or dark humor. It's not all too bad but it's not an innocent show.

Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy the original song styling and humor that came out of the movie and want to dive into that with the help of a standup Beetlejuice.

Don't see it if You don't like 'a show about death'!

Spectacular set & costumes, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you want to turn your brain off & simply be entertained. Alex Brightman is DELIGHTFUL. Songs are catchy, script is funny, set is SPECTACULAR

Don't see it if you're going to be hung up on an imperfect score or you're married to the movie. NOT a children's show, and there are lots of strobes.

Also This was just a fun show. Are the songs great? Not really. Did I care?... Read more Read less

Funny, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You liked the movie, are fans of the performers or if you want to see an amazing set. All the actors are very good. The music is adiquite.

Don't see it if You want a family show. This ain’t it. It’s a bit too raunchy for no reason. You want to see performances and a set that is really cool.

Great staging, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like the movie, you like a big and fun musical and want to laugh. It has great visual effects, sets, and acting.

Don't see it if You get offended by foul language or humor and this is not appropriate for young kids. The songs aren't the best,& a lot of talk about death

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

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

Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to laugh. A lot. If you enjoy great singing and comedy.

Don't see it if You're boring.

Also This show was great. The movie was used as a guide, but this is a diff... Read more Read less

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