Coming on the heels of the announcement that Tony-nominee Alex Brightman will lead the cast of the Broadway-bound musical Beetlejuice, paired with the Lydia of Sophia Anne Caruso, a complete cast has now been announced. The production, which will receive its premiere on Sunday, October 14, 2018, toward a Sunday, November 4, 2018 opening at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., will be directed by Alex Timbers. Connor Gallagher will choreograph.
Joining the aforementioned Brightman and Caruso in Beetlejuice will be Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler (Mean Girls) as ‘Barbara,’ Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Something Rotten!) as ‘Adam,’ Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser (Rock Of Ages) as ‘Charles,’ two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer (The Robber Bridgegroom) as ‘Delia,’ Jill Abramovitz (Fiddler on the Roof) as ‘Maxine Dean,’ Danny Rutigliano (Holiday Inn) as ‘Maxie Dean,’ and Kelvin Moon Loh (SpongeBob SquarePants The Musical) as ‘Otho.’
The ensemble for Beetlejuice will feature Tessa Alves (Escape to Margaritaville) Johnny Brantley (The Book of Mormon National Tour), Ryan Breslin (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Brooke Engen (Hairspray), Abe Goldfarb (“Pokémon”), Eric Anthony Johnson (Cinderella), Elliott Mattox (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mateo Melendez (iLuminate: Artist of Light), George Merrick (Honeymoon In Vegas), Ramone Owens (Motown the Musical), Devin Roberts (The Lion King), Presley Ryan (Fun Home), Kim Sava (Matilda National Tour), and Dana Steingold (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
Based on the 1988 Tim Burton film starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara, Beetlejuice tells the story of a teenage girl named Lydia with a fixation on death who summons the macabre title character into her new summer home, only to unleash an array of creepy events. With the help of the house’s two resident ghosts, Adam and Barbara, she must reclaim her home from this kooky character from the other side.
Beetlejuice features a score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong) and a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King. David Korins will design the scenery, William Ivey Long will create the costumes, and Kenneth Posner will design the lighting for the production. Sound design will be provided by Peter Hylenski and projection design by Peter Nigrini.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.