A first look image has been revealed for the upcoming Broadway musical of Beetlejuice. The original film, which the play is adapted from, was released in 1988 and starred Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse, a mischievous ghost who tries to help a recently deceased couple scare a new family out of their home.
The original Beetlejuice is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, which was directed by Tim Burton. Because of the film's success, an animated TV show was created and lasted for four seasons from 1989 to 1991. Even though fans have been begging for a sequel for years, Beetlejuice 2 has never come to be. Rumors of a potential sequel have surfaced several times since 1988, yet nothing has solidified. The last fans heard about Beetlejuice 2 was in 2017 when screenwriter Mike Vukadinovich was hired to rewrite the script. Even though it seems like the sequel may forever be stuck in development hell, a Beetlejuice stage musical will be released in 2019. The musical was announced earlier this year, and now fans have their first look at the ghost with the most.
A first look image of Beetlejuice in the Broadway musical has been released (via EW). The musical will star Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice who is said to be a "younger" and "punkier" version of the popular character. Sophia Anne Caruso will also star in the musical as Lydia Deetz, who calls upon Beetlejuice to scare off her parents. The musical's director, Alex Timbers, also stressed that this version of Beetlejuice is not an impression of Keaton's character but that, "It’s filtered through the sensibility of Alex Brightman".
Despite clashing reports over the years on Beetlejuice 2, the two most important people needed for the sequel have made it seem like it won't be happening anytime soon. When Keaton was asked about the possible sequel, he mentioned, "It’s possible that ship has sailed." Burton also commented that Beetlejuice 2 would only be made under the "right circumstances". It looks like nobody is rushing to make a Beetlejuice sequel, but at least a musical is on the way.
Even though a musical may not be the sequel fans have been craving, it is better than nothing. After all, the original film had an incredible score by Danny Elfman that set the mood for the entire film. The film also had some fun dance numbers featuring the songs "Banana Boat Song (Day O)" and "Jump In The Line" both by Harry Belafonte. There have also been much stranger choices for musical adaptations in the past such as Carrie and Evil Dead. Many people would much rather see Keaton wear the ghostly makeup again, but a musical could be the next best thing.
The Beetlejuice musical will open at Washington’s National Theatre on November 4, 2019.