“Beetlejuice” at the Winter Garden theater is a delight. It is cute, funny, has adorably dark humor, and a profanity-spouting cocaine-snorting Beetlejuice—while it is a bit over the top at times, it works for this unique musical. Based on the story by Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson from the beloved movie, the musical has a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King and music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect.
It is really an engaging story: Beetlejuice is looking to gain power for people to see him so that he can scare them, but in order to do that a human has to see him and say his name three times. In the storyline, he comes across husband and wife, Adam and Barbara, just before they meet their doom by dying by accident in their home. He lets them know that he is their guide and will teach them how to scare people out of their home.
A new family comes to the house: a real estate agent, his daughter Lydia—whose mother has just passed away—and Lydia’s life coach Delia, who is fooling around with the father. Lydia is still in mourning, constantly wears black and talks to her departed mother. When Adam and Barbara try to scare Lydia she is not scared, but rather wants to meet them, and they then form a plan to try to get her father and Delia out of the house. Lydia can also see Beetlejuice, but though she doesn’t trust him she eventually needs his help. Okay, I’ll say no more. You will need to be in the seats at the Winter Garden Theatre on Manhattan’s 50th Street and Broadway to experience the rest.
The cast brings this musical together beautifully and will have you laughing a great deal—trust me. Heading the casts are Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice, and Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia, along with Kerry Butler and Rob McClure as Barbara and Adam, the recently deceased couple who are your normal nice suburban folks until they realize they must toughen up after death. Adam Dannsheisser is wacky and hilarious as Charles, Lydia’s dad, and Leslie Kritzer is just the right kind of crazy and desperate as Delia. Jill Abramovitz and Danny Rutigliano are funny as Maxine and Maxie Dean, a ditsy wife and her rich developer husband who are considering coming in on investing in the house. Kelvin Moon Loh is amusing as Otho, Delia’s life coach guru asked to rid the house of the ghosts. Just go and you will see that you will have a haunting good time.
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