Ends Jun 06 | 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!


Member Reviews (1141)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever, Great singing

49
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

35
Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you want to see impressive crafts - costumes, set, hair/makeup, and lighting are all top-notch.

Don't see it if you want to see a good show. This is over-the-top and loud with characters you feel no connection to and a story that goes on too long.

37
Banal, Quirky, Insipid, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy being tortured by bad songs. The cast is just fine--too bad the material they were given is so bad. Just awful

Don't see it if you like shows with a good score; they manage to even mangle the Harry Belafonte classics here.

38
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You like seeing all new Broadway musicals. Are curious how they adapted it for the stage.

Don't see it if You are a fan of the film.

Also Changing Beetlejuice from a villain into a sitcom character was a miss... Read more Read less

20
Excruciating, Raunchy, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see how much really good actors can elevate really bad material and really bad direction - making it ALMOST tolerable.

Don't see it if You are looking for good theater - or if you have fond memories of the movie.

Also Wow, what a mess! Alex Timbers once again proves that too much isn't e... Read more Read less

19
This is broadway caliber?, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you like great costumes, puppetry and raunch.

Don't see it if you're expecting a Broadway-worthy musical.

Also The cast is working their a**es off in this show. LOTS of talent on th... Read more Read less

30
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You're curious to see how they staged/musicalized the film.

Don't see it if You're expecting a great new score.

Also The score is weak. And while the sets and costumes are fun, it's not e... Read more Read less

30
Fluffy, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You liked the “Beetlejuice” cartoon in the 90’s. The tone is similar to that, not the film.

Don't see it if You love the film.

Also Adapting a film to the stage rarely works for me unless the score is s... Read more Read less

15
Confusing, Great staging, Disappointing, Cynical, Creepy

See it if You are a masochist. The first act is okay, act 2 is incoherent. Score is AWFUL. Design is great! Cast are doing what they can...

Don't see it if you want something coherent that won't make fun of you for shelling out $$ to see it. Cynical and shallow.

15
Ah, broadway! what have you become??

See it if You have money to burn; better yet, give the money to the homeless.

Don't see it if You have any standards at all.

Also Ah, the Winter Garden Theatre has been home to real Broadway shows: Fu... Read more Read less

30
Pathetic, Insulting, Confusing, Excruciating, Raunchy

See it if You like shows that sound like they were written by 7th grade boys while they hid under the bleachers at gym class. Neat projections.

Don't see it if You like good music, well formed lyrics, and a coherent book, if you like to be entertained, if you love musicals, if you hate musicals. NO!

Also One of the worst things I’ve ever seen on Broadway or in a fifth rate ... Read more Read less

45
Poorly written, Raunchy, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You like your musicals big, brash, and loud.

Don't see it if You like your stories, lyrics, and comedy well constructed.

40
Cliched, Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You loved the movie and you're okay with cliched music, messy staging and over-produced design. (Though there are some funny lyrics in it!)

Don't see it if You expected to see any magic happening on stage, or any sense of cohesiveness in performance.

27
Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if It was tired

Don't see it if If you don’t want to sit through boredom watch the movie

48
Fluffy, Ambitious, Funny, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You're into awesome movies being turned to musicals.

Don't see it if You love the original movie.

2
Foolish, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy something pre-middle schooler would find is the BEST IN THE WORLD

Don't see it if You are over 12 yrs old

40
Slow, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You loved the movie/want to compare. The actress who played the daughter did a great job-that was good but the story and songs not so good.

Don't see it if You don’t like the movie or if there are opportunities to see other musicals

38
Weird, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you want big, showy sets

Don't see it if you want clever lyrics

44
Overrated, Edgy, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You liked the movie

Don't see it if You expect a good musical

1
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing

See it if Although we thought this show would be good for our grandchildren (9 to 15) they did not seem to enjoy it very much. Lots of foul language!

Don't see it if Way too much very foul language and sexual remarks made this show a very bad choice to bring children to. It was not god even for adults.

During previews
49
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you are curious.

Don't see it if you want a good musical. Lyrics& music banal, story insane, everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. Nutty people,monsters,overthetop,

Also The story is changed from the movie but not for the better. Some stupi... Read more Read less

During previews
34
Indulgent, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see a well designed show. You’re a fan of low-brow humor.

Don't see it if You want the dark, quirky charms of the movie.This is saddled with way too much backstory, deeply bad songwriting, and just fine acting.

Also The audience cheered quite a bit though this one, but it left me beyon... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Raunchy, Insipid, Excruciating, Dizzying, Banal

See it if You can get a highly discounted ticket

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical that has any subtlety

Also Spongebob meets Adams Family in this terrible musical. My expectations... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Slow, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you are a fan of the film on which it is based, and might enjoy a boring charmless show with lots of music and scenery, and silly material.

Don't see it if I have three words for this misfire: AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL

During previews
36
Entertaining, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of the movie and like over the top comedy

Don't see it if if you like a book that is easy to follow and like to care about the characters. i wasnt sure what it was all about.


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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