REVIEW: BEETLEJUICE (Winter Garden Theatre) ★★★★★
It’s showtime, folks! The ghost-with-the-most comes to the stage in this edgy and irreverent musical comedy based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film.
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 Beetlejuice, a delightful demon with a real zest for life. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, this double-crossing specter shows his true stripes, unleashing a (Nether) world of pandemonium, and the biggest sandworm Broadway has ever seen.
Alex Brightman (who originated the role of Dewey Finn in School of Rock on Broadway) is the perfect person to play Beetlejuice. He perfectly embodies the character and brings so much fun and joy to the stage. It is incredible that Sophia Anne Caruso (Lydia) is just eighteen years old. I fell in love with her voice and quirkiness in the London production of Lazarus and she is once again perfectly cast in this show. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
It is hard not to draw comparison to The Addams Family as the two shows have a similar sinister storyline and characters. But the main difference is the music in Beetlejuice by Eddie Perfect is just phenomenal. Fun, catchy lyrics and melodies and so real poppy and rock inspired beats.
I really hope Beetlejuice makes its way over to London as it was the best show I saw on my Broadway trip! Such a fun night out!
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Photo: Matthew Murphy
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