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Beetlejuice (Washington DC)

From 9 critic and 38 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Raunchy, Great staging

About the show

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.

Theatre Nerds

“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

iHeart Radio

“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

Our Community Now (DC)

“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

Metro Weekly

“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

DC Metro Theater Arts

“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

MD Theatre Guide

“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

The Washington Post

“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

DC Theatre Scene

“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

Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Funny, Edgy

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!

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

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.

Also This was so well done. The leads were perfect, there were laughs and s... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Hilarious, Great staging, Must see, So. much. fun.

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.

Also I've seen it twice now during previews. This show is seriously so ente... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Must see

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)

Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Fun for the sake of being fun

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious

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.

Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Quirky, Relevant

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.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Great singing

See it if If you appreciate crude and rude immature humor

Don't see it if You're a family looking to take your kids to a show

Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You're a fan of the original film and/or love to laugh.

Don't see it if You are more conservative or want a more serious show. There is language and crude humor used.

Also This was a much needed improvement from the film which I found to be s... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Hilarious, Raunchy

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.

Also it’s a mixed bag as far as which ‘updated’ elements work and which do ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky, Funny

See it if you just want to have a fun evening and don't mind crudity

Don't see it if you are offended by anything

Clever, Raunchy, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great set and lights

See it if You like silly, raunchy, pop musicals

Don't see it if You're looking for something with a lot of depth

Great staging, Hilarious, Fluffy, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if you want to laugh, see great staging, and enjoy super talented leads.

Don't see it if you are going out with your children for a show.

Also Okay, I loved this show. Lydia killleddddd it! Beetlejuice was also pr... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Clever

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!).

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Great singing

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.

Also The show is still a little too cartoonish but, boy, is it entertaining... Read more Read less

Silly, Quirky, Original, Mediocre singing, Irreverent

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.

Funny, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Beetlejuice and are looking for a fun night out.

Don't see it if you expect a lot of the original music or mind that a lot of the story heavily mimics/relies on the movie.

Entertaining, Banal, Great singing, Overrated

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.

Disappointing, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if you like the movie and want to see how it has been translated to stage.

Don't see it if you don't like (unnecessarily) raunchy shows; you didn't like the movie;

Also I saw the movie a couple of weeks before seeing the show. I almost wis... Read more Read less

Confusing, Great sets & costumes, Disappointing, Ambitious, Sophomoric

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.

Also I REALLY wanted to like this show but I could not get into it. They to... Read more Read less


See it if Loved the movie

Don't see it if Didn’t like the movie

Entertaining, Funny, Masterful, Raunchy, Intense

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Must see

See it if You want to see an updated twist on the classic movie.

Don't see it if You want to see the exact movie on stage.

Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if The cast is perfect, especially the 4 leads. The music is good, the staging is incredible—just about perfect.

Don't see it if You can’t handle bad words

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to see a funny and entertaining show, with two incredible leads (Sophia Anne Carruso completely steals the show)

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious show

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