Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle.... The Tim Burton cult classic movie Beetlejuice is now open on Broadway in musical form, and what form it is in.
All the classic characters are there as well as special effects from props and the set which bring to life the feel of the movie. Any fan of the movie will have a blast at this new musical on the Great White Way.
Alex Brightman as the ghoulish lead has been nominated for a Tony Award in the Best Actor in a Musical category. As Beetlejuice he gets to flex his creative muscles and have a lot of fun with the character. Much like The Emcee in Cabaret or the Engineer in Miss Saigon, Mr. Brightman gets to break down that fourth wall and include the audience in all his banter and shenanigans. And he does it well. The rest of the cast are no slouches either. Sophie Anne Caruso portraying the death obsessed Lidia is a pint-sized powerhouse, and Leslie Kritzer as the ditzy and over the top Step-Mother Delia gets to play her character with a ferociously funny abandon. This show is not understated whether you are talking about the characters or the scenery. Everything is a little bit cartoony and over the top, but in a good way.
Even if you are not familiar with the 1988 movie, I am positive you will enjoy this fun filled and wacky romp about death. Beetlejuice the Musical is worth repeating not twice, but three times.