He is the ghost with the most and you can’t keep him as such Beetlejuice returns to Broadway in 2022. The musical, based on Tim Burton’s iconic 1988 film, received rave reviews before it had to close due to the Covid pandemic, but say its name three times and the leading bio-exorcist will return to the world again on April 8, when the show will become a resident at the Marriott Marquis Theater with casting news that is expected to be announced later this year.
When the show arrived on Broadway in 2019, the initial reaction was not so good, both from the critics and from the point of view of ticket sales. However, Beetlejuice managed to pull in theaters what The greatest showman made in theaters, and in the summer of 2019 word of mouth saw that the seats began to fill up and this became a stormy success thanks in large part to the joyful takeover of Alex Brightman when it came time to show.
“We truly thank you Beetlejuice fans, “said producers Mark Kaufman and Kevin McCormick.” It is because of their support that we will be able to blow up the roof of the Marquis Theater three times with fun and laughter, laughter and laughter! “
However, this return was not guaranteed at all, even after the huge improvement in the course, as the poor performance at the beginning of the run had already sealed his fate at the Winter Garden Theater, where he was performing at the time. To Hugh Jackman The musical man everything was set up for replacement Beetlejuice, which was due to have its final presentation on June 6, 2020. Of course, at the close of the pandemic, the final shows were canceled and the move option did not seem to have started. But, as happened recently, an online fan campaign that saw the Change.org petition get more than 36,000 signatures claims that Beetlejuice ‘ The modern musical mood of cinema was rejected for something from the “Golden Age of Broadway”, managed to gain popularity and seemingly ensure that after the pandemic the show has a future.
Taking a cue from Burton’s film, starring Michael Keaton, along with Gene Davis, Alec Baldwin, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder, the musical follows “strange and unusual” Lydia Deitz when she meets Merd Deitz a couple living in her house and the naughty ghost who just wants people to say his name. Tony’s two-time winner Alex Timbers directed the show, and the result was Eddie Perfect, who worked on the stage show in King Kong.
Beetlejuice is one of many contemporary musicals based on classic films from the 80s of the last century, but although it has a good starting point, it does not always happen that a popular film will ensure that the Broadway show will get the green light even after this will manage to stay on stage long. At one point Burton Batman, starring Keaton, was scheduled to have a musical with songs by Bath out of hell maestro Jim Steinman, and although some of the songs are there to be listened to as YouTube, the musical itself never made it. By comparison, London is just seeing the arrival of Back to the future: The musicalwho seems to be coming out with all the weapons blazing after a pandemic delay and despite losing his main Doc Brown from his first performances due to Covid.
Dali Beetlejuice going where we left off in March 2020 is something we’ll just have to wait and see, but there are worse ways to spend an evening than jumping in line for a little ugly fun. This news comes from a deadline.