It’s showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellant than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. More…
Directed by Alex Timbers ('Peter and the Starcatcher'), 'Beetlejuice' tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits.
“An outrageously hilarious spectacle that balances the macabre with the comedic. The cast and crew have brought forth a production that would make Burton and his original cohorts proud...A cast that could not have been better assembled...In the title role...Brightman’s portrayal of the shameless, sailor-mouthed miscreant is complete with spot-on accents and a devilishly convincing comical timing...Meanwhile, the writing is sensational.” Full Review
“Broadway's next big thing is happening...It's politically incorrect. It's patently, yet moderately offensive. It's irreverent. It takes aim at everyone who may take themselves seriously...It's perfect...The cast is stacked with superstars...But all of this isn't why this musical is going to be Broadway's next big thing. It's the chemistry. That stuff you can't follow a template for...The perfect escape...Exactly what our global pop-culture soul needs at exactly the right time." Full Review
“While he acting is superb, the spectacle is gorgeous, and the story a classic I’m still not sold on the songs themselves...If you liked the original movie, you’ll definitely enjoy this new production. It has everything that made the movie fun, with some new creativity thrown into the mix. It’s fun, macabre, and off-kilter, but thanks to the work of a fantastic cast and creative team, it works. And it will leave you laughing long after the curtain has come down.” Full Review
“Now this is how you open a show...Go for broke from the first number...Springing up from the depths below, the demon Beetlejuice enters his self-titled musical like a rock star...The show strums several of the movie’s greatest scenes and catchphrases...But, for the most part, Timber’s production wields inventive stagecraft, along with music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect and a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King, to tell the familiar film story differently.” Full Review
“Bright, bold, and impossible to miss...It’s so supercharged with manic energy and competing ideas that I can’t imagine how it will sustain itself...Brightman...is here as the ‘ghost with the most’ – the most lines, the most laughs, the most stage presence...He never wears out his welcome...’Beetlejuice’s’ fatal flaw is that it can’t decide whether it’s a harmless Gen X nostalgia vehicle or an angsty Gen Z drama...Departures from the movie feel like missteps." Full Review
“A fast-paced, visual feast...High-octane energy...The core issue with the musical...Cheap laughs with often gratuitous, crude bathroom humor and sex jokes...Any poignancy...that speaks to grief and the relationships between parents and children seems awkward, rushed, and utilized to wrap up everything nicely in a bow. The musical doesn’t seem to know what direction to follow. Perhaps it’s time to go back to the source before it hits Broadway.” Full Review
“Maybe the most haunting thing about ‘Beetlejuice’ is the creepy feeling of inspiration run amok...Overcaffeinated, overstuffed, and virtually charmless...The movie’s morbid laughter in the face of death has been replaced by juvenile tee-heeing at the ways Beetlejuice can shock the other characters with his bawdy naughtiness...Predictably peppy pop score...Before ‘Beetlejuice’ makes its way to the Winter Garden...a trip back to a lab where they fix musicals may be in order.” Full Review
“Frantic, hyped up to manic levels and filled with pelvic thrusts...The new ‘Beetlejuice’ musical takes Burton’s endearingly bizarre horror-comedy movie and turns it into a reflection of our current times—crass, violent, and appealing to the lowest common denominator...Nothing...except chaos...There’s a feeling of hysterical desperation...to be topical and current, but many of the efforts fall flat...A plot with a current through-line and musical ingenuity gets lost in the madness.” Full Review
“An overstuffed, crude new musical...A decidedly raunchy musical that is laser-targeted to today’s early-teen market...A frenetically paced and woefully overcooked endeavor that’s excessive in virtually every respect...Razor-thin plot...There’s only one character who conjures any empathy...There are few melodies of distinction, and at times it musicalizes scenes that arguably could be more effectively conveyed in dialogue." Full Review
See it if You love a big show with lots of bells and whistles, backed up by a strong score and plot.
Don't see it if You are sensitive to language and/or the occult. You have been warned, church ladies!
See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained and won't mind an inventive new take on the story that leaves all the beloved characters in tact.
Don't see it if If you want an exact replica of the movie or are easily frightened by loud noises and special effects or found the movie offensive in part.
See it if you want an original spin on the story w/ amazing stagecraft & performances. Even fans of the film will be surprised at what happens next!
Don't see it if you have young kids. It's got crude language/sexual references (PG-13). I probably wouldn't recommend this for anyone under age 18.
See it if you are a fan of the movie, the actors or just having a great time in general
Don't see it if you are prudish about language or situations (and please don't bring kids under 10 if you don't want them exposed to these things)
See it if you enjoy a musical comedy that uses a beloved film as source material, but puts a unique spin on the story. See it if you like crass humor.
Don't see it if you're offended by crass humor, don't like entertainment for the sake of entertainment, want gripping drama, or prefer long book scenes.
See it if You liked the movie or you like the idea of the movie. Alex Brightman was delightfully manic as beetlejuice.
Don't see it if You are easily offended by off color jokes and/or do not appreciate new musicals.
See it if You want to see a show that touched on many important topics as deaths family relationship in a satarical way. Great cast and set designs!
Don't see it if You are under the age of 14. This is a show meant for adults. May want to check out the film if haven’t seen it. second act a bit long.
See it if you want a fun show rife with raunchy humor and familiar visuals. Holds true to aesthetics, and nods to signature elements from the movie.
Don't see it if you’re a purist about the movie, or you’re looking for a family night activity with kids. Even crasser than the movie. Not for all ages.
See it if You’re a fan of the film or of blockbuster musical comedies. Though not exactly like the movie, fans will still enjoy it & the performances.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a family show. There are a ton of sex jokes & profanity, most of which is unnecessary (the other jokes are good!).
See it if Lovers of the movie will go nuts! You love Alex Brightman who should lock up the Tony race finally.
Don't see it if The show still needs work. Kerry Butler & Rob McClure's roles should be more grounded. Sophia Anne Caruso's diction and projection are poor.
See it if You like fast moving comedy with harmless quick jokes and overdone singing in character.
Don't see it if you expect excellent singing. Each character sings in his characters voice which detracts from three quality.
See it if you really love old movies expensively brought to life as Broadway level musicals that cost 21 million dollars.
Don't see it if you require realism and more substance. It does have excellent performances and singing, though.
See it if you’re not too familiar with the movie & you enjoy dark, irreverent, juvenile humor. (The sets & costumes look great. I’ll give them that.)
Don't see it if you cherish the movie b/c not much works here! They try to make the show their own but the plot is confusing. And the music is forgettable.
See it if You love a "fun" show. It has a carnival-type atmosphere, and laughs galore! Also, the singing by Sophia Ann Caruso is breathtaking!
Don't see it if You want a family show. It's fine for teens, but not younger ones.
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