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Beetlejuice (Washington DC)

Across 42 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, 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.

Member Reviews (42)


Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Great staging

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

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

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.

Confusing, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Edgy

See it if You like creative staging and set design with a great cast.

Don't see it if You don’t like raunchy humor, or you think over-the-top acting is distracting.

Also What I liked was the creativity employed to put the show together and ... Read more Read less

Funny, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you love shows that slip in biting commentary on current events. Also see the show if you are hoping to see some connections to the movie.

Don't see it if you are expecting the play to parrot the movie. Also do not see the show if you abhor disjointed plot lines and filler choreography.

November 5th, 2018
“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 ...
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November 4th, 2018
“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 characte...
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November 6th, 2018
“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...Th...
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November 7th, 2018
“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 ever...
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