“Our sense of memory of Beetlejuice is so strong. That's also what we wanted, just the feelings that Beetlejuice evoked…We hope we can preserve that feeling we had when we were twelve or thirteen years old, and just loving this kind of celebration of
Beetlejuice will forever hold a very special place in my heart. It wasn’t only my quintessential gateway horror movie, but it shaped a lifelong unapologetic appreciation for all things weird and macabre. The movie had a ‘lightning in a bottle’ combination of a devilishly rebellious spirit and a singularity of vision that introduced the world to the wonders of Tim Burton. It was, and forever will be an iconic and magical movie.
Every Saturday morning, Beetlejuice was my go-to cartoon, and my VHS of the movie practically melted from being watched so much. I had the Halloween costume (as a child and as a grown up) and at six years old, I got a ‘time out’ for making my Beetlejuice action figure say, “Nice fucking model!” in the first grade. Needless to say, Beetlejuice is a part of me.
The movie is just as sacred to countless others for all of the same reasons, which is likely why the Beetlejuice sequels and remakes have remained in production hell for decades. How can you possibly reimagine a classic that means so much to so many people? The answer: turn it into a musical.
Despite being a little apprehensive at first, what struck me within the first ten minutes of Beetlejuice the Musical was that it was developed with a tremendous amount of love and respect for the original movie. The show encompasses all of the many facets of what made the movie so great while expanding on the story in ways that are equal parts inventive and reverential. It even has several nods to the cartoon which just plain made me happy.
This is a killer show and I urge you to go see it. The costumes, the music, the humor, and the insanely elaborate Burtonesque sets and visuals are an overwhelming and blissful experience for fans of the original, plus the anarchistic spirit of lewdness and rudeness from the movie is retained in full force. I don’t know what else to say other than Beetjeluice the Musical is downright fucking awesome and it completely floored me.
We sat down with the writers of the show, Scott Brown (Sharp Objects, Castle Rock) and Anthony King (Silicon Valley, Broad City), and learned all about how they were able to turn such a beloved icon into a fantastic Broadway experience.
Before we get into the interview, here are 3 key pieces of advice for aspiring writers from Anthony King and Scott Brown.
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