Lights of Broadway: Beetlejuice




Beetlejuice:

Synopsis: Lydia Deetz is a strange and unusual teenager who is obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits.


Review:

After closing at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 11, 2020, to make way for the opening of the star-studded Music Man, Beetlejuice was able to find itself a new home in the Marquis Theatre after a clamouring for its return cropped up during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unusual in its transfer from one venue to the next, the show despite closing, is not considered a revival as it is the same with regards to much of the cast, set, costumes, and overall interpretation of Scott Brown and Anthony King’s book. Its re-opening, occurring on April 8, 2022, is turning this show into what could be another staple on the Great White Way.


For those unfamiliar with Beetlejuice, it is the story of the passing of Lydia’s mother and the trauma that comes from the death of a family member within the nuclear sphere of her life. Lydia’s father purchases a house that was previously owned by the recently deceased Adam and Barbara Maitland, who still reside in the house and have not passed over to the netherworld. In walks the demonic undead Beetlejuice, who has feelings of loneliness and wants nothing more than to go out and terrorize the world, but to do that, he needs to get a living person to say his name “3 times never broken.” To convince a human, he enlists the help of the gullible suburban Maitland’s and Lydia. Eventually being released from his invisibility to cause havoc and mayhem in the house. Eventually realizing do to the presence of giant sand worms outside, Beetlejuice cannot leave unless made human by marrying Lydia. Despite being a show about death and carrying the heavy theme of exploration of the grief process, Beetlejuice was a 2.5-hour comedic musical.