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Is Beetlejuice the Musical Coming to the UK?
Great news for all the Beetlejuice fans out there! The buzz in the theatre world is that Beetlejuice the Musical might be haunting the West End in 2024.
As a massive fan who listens to the Broadway soundtrack on repeat, I can barely contain my excitement about the possibility of seeing this hilarious new musical on a London stage!
For those who don’t know much about the musical, I’ve got you covered!
What is Beetlejuice the Musical About?
Beetlejuice the Musical spins a playful tale around a mischievous demon, Beetlejuice, who’s eager to interact with the living world once again. He spots an opportunity when Barbara and Adam Maitland meet an untimely end and their house is subsequently occupied by the Deetz family.
The plot thickens as Beetlejuice attempts to coax Lydia Deetz, a smart and bold girl, into saying his name three times, which he believes will set him free. Lydia, who befriends the Maitlands, proves not to be easily swayed by Beetlejuice’s tricks.
The resulting adventures weave through a whimsical chaos, with all the characters, living and dead, navigating through the delightful mayhem created by Beetlejuice, each seeking their own piece of happiness.”
How is it Different from the Film?
While staying true to the spirit of Tim Burton’s masterpiece, Beetlejuice the Musical spins the tale with its unique twist and theatrical flair, courtesy of director Alex Timbers and the entire creative team.
Beetlejuice tells the story with a bit more sass and satire, the characters burst into song, and there are dance numbers that weren’t in the original film. There’s a heart-warming touch to the relationship between Lydia and the recently deceased couple, something that’s even more poignant on stage than on screen.
What Songs are in Beetlejuice the Musical?
The musical boasts a fantastic line-up of songs, each bringing a unique blend of emotion, humour, and that quirky horror style we associate with Beetlejuice.
Here’s a full song list to get you even more excited:
Songs in Act 1:
|The Whole “Being Dead” Thing|
|Ready Set, Not Yet|
|The Whole “Being Dead” Thing, Pt. 2|
|Fright of Their Lives|
|Ready Set (Reprise)|
|Invisible (Reprise)/On the Roof|
|Say My Name|
|Banana Boat Song (Day-O)|
Songs in Act 2:
|That Beautiful Sound|
|What I Know Now|
|Creepy Old Guy|
|Jump in the Line|
Who are the Characters in Beetlejuice the Musical?
The main Characters in Beetlejuice the Musical are as follows:
|Character Name||Role Description|
|Beetlejuice||The cheeky, mischievous demon|
|Lydia Deetz||A strange and unusual teenager dealing with life & death|
|Barbara Maitland||One-half of the recently deceased couple|
|Adam Maitland||The other half of the recently deceased couple|
|Charles Deetz||Lydia’s well-meaning father|
|Delia||Lydia’s quirky stepmother|
Where Can I Watch Beetlejuice the Musical?
If you can’t wait for its possible arrival in London, you can catch Beetlejuice the Musical on the Norwegian Viva Cruise Ship, where a 90-minute version is performed, keeping all the songs intact. Alternatively, see the full production on its North American Tour, direct from Broadway.
With a potential West End arrival in 2024, there is hope that musical tickets will be available for UK theatre-goers soon. Beetlejuice is ready to bring its spooky, kooky world from the afterlife to London.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and our striped suits ready, and I will certainly keep this blog updated with any whispers from the Netherworld regarding Beetlejuice gracing a London stage!
Frequently Asked Questions
Want to know more about Beetlejuice the Musical? in this section I answer your most asked questions.
What is the origin of Beetlejuice the Musical?
Beetlejuice the Musical is based on Tim Burton’s iconic film, Beetlejuice, which was released in 1988. It embraces the movie’s eccentric humour and augments it for the stage.
Is Beetlejuice the Musical coming to London’s West End?
While there’s a buzzing excitement and circulating rumours, there has been no official announcement regarding Beetlejuice the Musical making its way to the West End in London, it’s rumoured to open late 2024.
What is the plot of Beetlejuice the Musical?
The musical tells the enchanting story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager, who, along with her family, moves into a house that’s haunted by a recently deceased couple and a mischief-making demon, Beetlejuice. Their lives (and afterlives) intertwine in a series of bizarre, comedic, and heartfelt events.
Who are the original cast members of Beetlejuice the Musical on Broadway?
The original Broadway cast of Beetlejuice the Musical featured Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice, Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz, Kerry Butler as Barbara Maitland, and Rob McClure as Adam Maitland, among others.
What are some hit songs from Beetlejuice the Musical?
Hit songs from Beetlejuice the Musical include “Say My Name”, “Dead Mom”, and “The Whole ‘Being Dead’ Thing”. Additionally, it incorporates the Banana Boat Song (“Day-O”) and “Jump in the Line” from the original movie.
Where can I watch Beetlejuice the Musical?
Currently, Beetlejuice the Musical can be experienced in a succinct 90-minute version aboard the Norwegian Viva Cruise Ship and in its full-length form during its North American Tour.
Is Beetlejuice the Musical suitable for children?
Beetlejuice the Musical does contain adult themes and language. It’s generally recommended for ages 10 and up, but parental discretion is strongly advised.
Who is on the creative team behind Beetlejuice the Musical?
The creative team behind Beetlejuice the Musical includes director Alex Timbers, with a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King, music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect, and choreography by Connor Gallagher.
How does Beetlejuice the Musical differ from the film?
Although it keeps the original film’s dark and quirky comedic spirit, the musical introduces new songs, choreography, and provides a deeper exploration of characters and relationships through musical numbers, presenting a new perspective on the familiar story.
How long is a performance of Beetlejuice the Musical?
The Broadway production of Beetlejuice runs for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an intermission. Meanwhile, the Norwegian Viva Cruise Ship features a 90-minute adaptation.