Beetlejuice: The Musical, in Theater – 2022 Performance Schedule
“Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!” It’s believed that if you say his name three times, he’ll appear. And endless chanting from theatre fans is only part of the reason that the “ghost with the most” is returning to Broadway this spring. Catch this hilarious musical based on Tim Burton’s iconic 1988 film, premiering at the Marquis Theatre in New York City on April 8th.
Beetlejuice: The Musical premiered on Broadway in April 2019, playing for less than a year before being shut down in March 2020 due to the pandemic. While there were delays about deciding which musicals would return to the Great White Way and which would not, the spooky and stripe-clad demon eventually found his home once again. And fans can’t wait to see him crack jokes and become their ghost host on Broadway.
The musical mostly follows the plot of the film, which was released in 1988 and starred Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice. A recently-deceased couple tries to adjust to their new existence, and hopes to scare off the new inhabitants of their house that they aren’t quite ready to part with. The issue? They aren’t very good at it, and enlist the help of a demonic “bio-exorcist” named Beetlejuice to get rid of these people for good.
They get more than they sign up for with the wise-cracking, trouble-starting demon. They also try to hide from living inhabitant Lydia, who has a keen eye for the paranormal. The musical is just as dark, divine, and hilarious as the film, while also giving you more insight into the characters through the power of song. Winona Ryder’s version of Lydia was smart and empathetic, but the musical dives into her dealing with the death of her mom. You also get more background on her stepmother Delia, who was played by Catherine O’Hara to perfection long before she was known as Schitt’s Creek’s Moira Rose.
However, the true star of the show is the titular character… who will have you feeling all the emotions in this show-stopping musical. Beetlejuice is a character we all know and love, and hosts a three-hour romp that People Magazine calls a “big, fantastical funhouse of Burtonsque magic.” You’ve waited nearly two years to see the demonic dream in New York City, and now is your time. Get Beetlejuice tickets now!