There are some movies that when you really sit down and think about would make sense as musicals.
Beetlejuice is one of them. I mean think of theatricality! Think of the dance numbers! Think of how amazing it would be to see it cleverly be brought to life on stage! Anyone else feeling down for this?
After all, wasn’t Beetlejuice’s catchphrase in the cartoon “It’s Showtime”? It makes perfect sense.
Well it looks like the project will definitely be moving forward. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the musical has already set its pre-Broadway premiere. It’ll debut in October at Washington D.C.’s National Theatre. The venue recently finished the pre-Broadway run for the Mean Girls musical.
Beetlejuice will be produced by Mark Kaufman for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Kevin McCormick for Langley Park Productions. This will be the second musical from Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures to premiere in D.C. this year. (The first was Dave based on the 1993 film.)
While the cast hasn’t been announced yet for the musical, the crew certainly has. They are definitely an interesting mix of talents.
The production will be directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) with Connor Gallagher (Elf: The Musical) handling the choreography. Music and lyrics were handled by Eddie Perfect (King Kong) with Scott Brown and Anthony King (Gutenberg! The Musical!) co-writing the book.
The design team includes Broadway vets such as David Korins (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lighting) and Michael Curry (puppets).
Now all we need to know is the cast and we’re good to go. Personally, I can’t wait to see who’s playing Lydia Deetz aka your Goth icon after Wednesday Addams.