Beetlejuice Ends Broadway Run, But Plans National Tour

You just can’t keep a good spirit down.

Beetlejuice: The Musical has wrapped up its Broadway run, having the rest of its stay at the Winter Garden Theatre cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic, but a national tour is still in the offing for next year, according to Broadway World.

The last scheduled date for the show on the Great White Way was June 6, but the virus crisis has darkened Broadway until at least June 7. So, the scary musical’s final show (at least for now) was March 10.

Broadway World reported that the musical “still has plans to launch the previously announced national tour in the fall of 2021.”

And another run on Broadway itself is not completely out of the question. Sources told Broadway World that “producers are still considering if there is an opportunity for the show to return to Broadway in another theater, but that decision won’t be made until there’s more information, including a date for Broadway to reopen.”

The show, based on the hit 1988 movie, garnered eight 2019 Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical.

The story, as so many fans know, revolves around a teenage girl, Lydia Deetz, who is totally obsessed with the “being dead thing”. Fortunately for her, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and, of course, Beetlejuice, a demon with a unique zest for life. Lydia has Beetlejuice scare away anyone hanging around, but the demon double-crosses the teen and shows his true nature.

Stars include Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice and Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia.

The musical is directed by Alex Timbers, with a book by Anthony King and Scott Brown and music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect. The show was choreographed by Connor Gallagher.

Be sure to keep reading Horror News Network for updates on the exact date for the Beetlejuice national tour next autumn.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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