Beetlejuice Musical to Premiere in Washington D.C. Before Broadway Bow

Broadway News   Beetlejuice Musical to Premiere in Washington D.C. Before Broadway Bow
The Alex Timbers-directed production will begin at D.C.’s National Theatre in October.
Michael Keaton in <i>Beetlejuice</i>
Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice Warner Brothers

The musical adaptation of Beetlejuice will make its world premiere at Washington, D.C.’s National Theatre this fall. The Broadway-aimed production will begin performances In October (exact dates to be announced).


As previously reported, Alex Timbers will direct the musical, which hits the stage months after his staged version of Moulin Rouge (opening in Boston this summer). Connor Gallagher will choreograph.


The musical adaptation of the 1988 dark comedy features a score by Australian musician-comedian Eddie Perfect (also at work on the Broadway-bound King Kong) and a book by Anthony King and Scott Brown.

Though inspired by the Tim Burton film, the show (according to press notes) will place a larger focus on Lydia Deetz, the bleak teenager (played on screen by Winona Ryder) with a fascination for death—and the only one in her family who can interact with the ghosts of the former owners of their new home. The musical follows Lydia, who, in an attempt to scare off her parents, Lydia calls on Beetlejuice—an eccentric, crude "bio-exorcist" demon with a plan that involves arranged marriages, a girl scout, and song and dance.

The production will also feature sets by David Korins, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design by Peter Nigrini, puppets by Michael Curry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, and illusions by Michael Weber. Kris Kukul will serve as music director.

Casting will be announced at a later date.

The National Theatre was recently home to the world premiere of another highly-anticipated stage adaptation of a film comedy: Mean Girls. The Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin musical opens on Broadway next month.

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