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Broadway! Broadway! Broadway! Beetlejuice musical officially coming to the Big Apple

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Sep 6, 2018

We've said it before and we'll say it again: SHOWTIME!!! The live musical stage production of Tim Burton's Beetlejuice is officially coming to Broadway, according to the show's website.

Theater website Broadway World went into more detail, writing that preview performances will begin in March of next year at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway; between 50th and 51st in midtown Manhattan), leading up to the public opening in April. 

Before Beetlejuice starts scaring up audiences in the Big Apple, however, he'll make his debut in Washington, D.C. at the National Theater this fall. Initial performances begin on Oct. 14 and open to everyone else Nov. 4. 

Alex Brightman (School of Rock) and Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus) were recently cast in the roles of Beetlejuice and Lydia respectively. 

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Credit: Darren Cox/SpotCo, 2018

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Credit: Darren Cox/SpotCo, 2018

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Credit: Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures/Langley Park Productions

Beetlejuice is a co-production between Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and Langley Park Productions. It is being directed by by Alex Timbers, the Tony-winner behind shows such as Moulin Rouge! and Peter and the Starcatcher. King Kong's Eddie Perfect is handling the original score with a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King (a writer on Broad City). Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom) is in charge of choreography, while Kris Kukul (Joan of Arc: Into the Fire) presides over "music supervision, orchestrations and incidental music."

Based on the 1988 horror/comedy film of the same, the show will revolve around teenager Lydia Deetz, whose got a strange fascination with being dead. When she and her family movie into a new house, she soon discovers that it's haunted by a deceased couple and an uncouth ghoul with a love of stripes. Lydia will enlist the aid of said ghoul (we've already said his name too many times) to scare away her parents. Beetlejuice's (darn it!) eventual plan involves "exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits."

Tickets for the D.C. shows are currently on sale here and range in price from $54 to $114.


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