Wanna See How They Turned ‘Beetlejuice’ into a Broadway Musical? Wait, Where Are You Going?

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brian-mcgee - May 2, 2019


Roughly twenty years ago, Broadway began running out of ideas and began adapting popular movies into musicals. It took a while for the trend to catch on in a big way, but you can count on at least two of these monstrosities debuting on the Great White Way every season. The latest is a musical version of Tim Burton's sophomore film Beetlejuice, and while that may sound like a terrible idea, it's so much worse than you could have imagined.

This "First Look" shows off slavishly faithful recreations of some of the film's most iconic moments and it plays not unlike an elaborate highlight reel you might see in the third act of some cut-rate Judd Apatow movie about a guy whose life's goal is to make a Beetlejuice musical. The notion that anyone would shell out over a hundred dollars to watch this hurts my head.

Nevertheless, this is not only a real thing, it was nominated for 8 Tonys earlier this week, including Best Musical and Best Actor. Anyone out there still want to try and tell me there's a god? And for those of you thinking that you may have already seen a Beetlejuice musical, you're not wrong...

The actual Beetlejuice musical is now playing on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, though Cats once said they would be there "now and forever" so I'm not sure what's going on there.

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