Just in time for Beetlejuice‘s 30th anniversary (March 30th), Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and Langley Park Productions announced this past Wednesday that a musical adaptation of the comedy is tentatively set to hit Washington D.C. stages for a pre-Broadway run this October. Performance dates should be confirmed very soon.
According to Entertainment Weekly,
“Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher) will direct a production choreographed by Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom), with an original score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong) and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy nominee Anthony King (Broad City). Pitched as a “ruder, raunchier, and frankly, more repellant” version of Burton’s film, Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Luckily 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. Plus singing and dancing, of course.”
A production of Beetlejuice was workshopped in 2017 by Timbers, with Community actor Danny Pudi on the bill. No additional casting has been announced thus far. Keep up with casting, dates, and any other news at BeetlejuiceBroadway.com.
In the mean time, check out our ode to the Tim Burton classic! and try a Secret of the Booze inspired “Drinks for the Recently Deceased”.