Apparently some Broadway producers said “Beetlejuice” 3 times because the classic film is coming to the Great White (striped) Way this October.

The 1988, Tim Burton, dark comedy tells of a couple who suddenly die (even though it takes a minute for them to realize they have died) and are forced to figure out the afterlife on their own. After learning that they are to remain trapped in their old home for 125 years unless they are able to scare away the new owners, the couple calls upon Betelgeuse (Beetlejuice) to perform a “bio-exorcism.” The only problem is Beetlejuice is much more trouble than he is worth, and his “help” tends to have the worst outcomes.

The film is filled with fantastic creatures and characters so seeing the transition to Broadway should be fun. There are some heavy hitters behind this production including direction from Alex Timbers (Peter And The Starcatcher), choreography from Connor Gallagher (The Robbers Bridegroom),  a score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong), and a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King (Broad City). The team boasts that this Beetlejuice will be “ruder, raunchier, and frankly, more repellant” than the film…which sounds all the better to me. I am excited to see this develop further, and can’t wait to see who will be cast in the titular role. Something tells me this show will be a scream…..

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