The pre-Broadway engagement of Beetlejuice, a new musical inspired by Tim Burton's 1988 dark comedy, began preview performances at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre October 14. The limited engagement will officially open November 4 and is scheduled to run through November 16.
The show will then take up Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre (currently home to School of Rock), opening April 25, 2019.
The musical features a score by Australian musician-comedian Eddie Perfect (who is also represented on Broadway this season with King Kong) and a book by Anthony King and Scott Brown. Alex Timbers (the Broadway-aimed Moulin Rouge!) directs; Connor Gallagher serves as choreographer.
School of Rock Tony nominee Alex Brightman takes on the title role of the crude ghost with the most, with Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz, the goth teenager who conjures him in the hopes of scaring off her parents. In addition, Tony nominees Kerry Butlerand Rob McClure star as Barbara and Adam Maitland, and Leslie Kritzer and Adam Dannheisser play Delia and Charles Deetz.
Beetlejuice will feature sets by David Korins, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design by Peter Nigrini, puppet design by Michael Curry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions from Michael Weber, and music supervision and orchestrations by Kris Kukul.
Take a first look below: