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Alex Brightman Is Summoned as Beetlejuice

The Tony nominee plays the sly spirit in the National Theatre's pre-Broadway run of the new musical, opening November 4.

Alex Brightman stars in the National Theatre's pre-Broadway run of Beetlejuice.
(© Matthew Murphy)

The National Theatre's pre-Broadway run of Beetlejuice has released its first image of star Alex Brightman as the titular ghost. Currently in previews, the production opens November 4. Beetlejuice will open at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on April 25, 2019.

Beetlejuice (based on the 1988 Warner Bros. motion picture) tells the story of Lydia Deetz, an unusual teenager 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.

The musical is directed by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!, Peter and the Starcatcher), with an original score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong), a book by Scott Brown and Emmy nominee Anthony King (Broad City), choreography by Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom), and music supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music by Kris Kukul (Joan of Arc: Into the Fire).

Featured in the D.C. cast alongside Brightman as Beetlejuice is Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia, Kerry Butler as Barbara, Rob McClure as Adam, Adam Dannheisser as Charles, Leslie Kritzer as Delia, Jill Abramovitz as Maxine Dean, Danny Rutigliano as Maxie Dean, and Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho.

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