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Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Adam Dannheisser, and Leslie Kritzer Join Beetlejuice

Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso head the company of this new musical.

Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, and Leslie Kritzer will star in Beetlejuice.
(© David Gordon)

Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Beetlejuice, beginning performances October 14 in advance of a November 4 opening at the National Theatre in Washington, DC.

Leading the cast will be Tony nominee Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice opposite Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia. They will be joined by 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.

The ensemble includes Tessa Alves Johnny Brantley, Ryan Breslin, Brooke Engen, Abe Goldfarb, Eric Anthony Johnson, Elliott Mattox, Mateo Melendez, George Merrick, Ramone Owens, Devin Roberts, Presley Ryan, Kim Sava, and Dana Steingold.


The production is directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Connor Gallagher, an original score by Eddie Perfect, and a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King.

Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and 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 production will have scenic design by David Korins, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design by Peter Nigrini, puppet design by Michael Curry, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Michael Weber, musical direction by Kris Kukul, music producing by Matt Stine, and dance arrangements by David Dabbon.

Beetlejuice is based on the 1988 Warner Bros. motion picture with story by Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson. The film was directed by Tim Burton and starred Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, and Winona Ryder.


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