Beetlejuice Musical to premiere in Washington D.C. before Broadway bow

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Beetlejuice Musical to premiere in Washington D.C. before Broadway bow

Initial casting has been announced for the pre-Broadway run of Beetlejuice, a new musical based on the fan-favorite 1988 film. Tony nominee Alex Brightman will lead the company in the title role (created on-screen by Michael Keaton) with Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia (played in the movie by Winona Ryder). The World premiere staging will begin previews at Washington, D.C.’s National Theater on October 14th with an opening slated for November 4th.  The production will run through November 18th.

Brightman earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Dewey Finn in School of Rock. His other stage credits include Big Fish, Matilda, Glory Days, Wicked and Assassins.  Caruso made her Broadway debut in Blackbird. She earned Lucille Lortel Award nominations for her off-Broadway turns in Lazarus and The Nether.

Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz (Caruso), a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon (Brightman) 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.

Additional casting for the D.C. run of Beetlejuice and details on the Broadway premiere are forthcoming.

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.


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