Beetlejuice is making his way from the screen to the stage. Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures has announced that their Beetlejuice musical is heading to Washington D.C. this October for its initial run. The hope is that the play will eventually make its way to Broadway in New York, but the current roadmap for those plans has yet to be revealed. Much of that will probably have to do with how this run of shows in D.C. goes, but those of us who have been waiting around somewhat hopelessly for Beetlejuice 2 may have the next best thing to look forward to.
This Beetlejuice musical serves as an adaptation of Tim Burton's 1988 classic movie, which starred Michael Keaton in the titular role, alongside the likes of Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. As far as we know, none of the cast members from the movie are involved in the stage production. Casting for the musical has yet to be announced, but with the production scheduled for the fall, those roles should be getting filled rather soon. Who are they possibly going to get to play a singing/dancing version of Keaton's iconic character?
Alex Timbers, two-time Tony nominee for his work on Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher, who also co-created Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, is set to direct the musical. The stage version of Beetlejuice will feature an original score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong) and a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King (Broad City). Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom) will handle choreography, with scenic design by David Korins, who worked on the smash hit Hamilton.
The creative team for the play also includes William Ivey Long (The Producers) on the unique movie-inspired costumes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner (Kinky Boots), sound design by Peter Hylenski (Frozen), projection design from Peter Nigrini (Dear Evan Hansen), puppet design by Michael Curry (The Lion King), with special effects by Jeremy Chernick (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), and, coupled with the effects, there will be "illusions" by Michael Weber (Forrest Gump). Warner Bros. has been venturing more into theatre as of late, with a musical version of Dave also on the way, in addition to a stage version of the movie Dog Day Afternoon. Langley Park Productions is co-producing the musical with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.
We've been hearing talk of Beetlejuice 2 for years, with screenwriter Mike Vukadinovich coming on board last year to take yet another pass at it, but the movie seems like it will never actually happen. Going back to the mid-90s, the studio has sought out filmmakers like Kevin Smith to try and crack the sequel, which was at one point going under the title Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. So this stage version is the best we can hope for, at least for now. Exact dates for the Washington D.C. run of the Beetlejuice musical have not yet been announced. This news comes to us courtesy of Variety.