Alex Brightman may be back on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in the lead role with another Tony nomination, but Beetlejuice The Musical still offers Brightman a chance to do something he’s never done before.
As the titular role, “I get to be this ringleader of a show that is sort of the anti-theatre experience, because theatre is an escape by nature but what we do in our show is remind the audience constantly: We all die,” he says. “What’s meaningful to me is that it is a real thing, theatre can be an escape and a reminder at the same time. It’s the first time I’ve ever done something like that."
In the video above, Brightman makes it through Playbill’s lightning round of questions and reveals the show that impacted him the most, the (very recent) musical theatre song he”ll never get sick of, his dream for his next collaborator, his favorite past Tony Awards performance, who he wants to write the show about his life, and his pick for next year’s Tony Awards host.