The curtain dropped on Beetlejuice for the final time on the stage of the Marquis Theatre January 8. As the musical's company took their bows for the final time, Tony nominee Alex Brightman and Elizabeth Teeter addressed the audience with handwritten signs as they said goodbye. Check out the full video above.
Director Alex Timbers took to the stage after the curtain call to talk about the roller coaster of keeping the show alive on the Broadway stage, thanking a list of people for stepping up to help it continually "rise from the dead." Timbers also spoke about the show's large audience population of first time Broadway-goers and how his "greatest hope" is that Beetlejuice has inspired them to explore more Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Brightman was sidelined from the production in its final weeks due to a concussion sustained while performing, but returned for the show's final three evening performances. Understudy Andrew Kober stepped up to play the poltergeist in Brightman's stead.
Taking their final bows along with Brightman and Teeter were Tony award nominee Kerry Butler, David Josefsberg, Obie award winner Adam Dannheisser, Lortel winner Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, Dana Steingold, Michelle Aravena, Zonya Love, Kate Bailey, Will Blum, Ryan Breslin, Natalie Charle Ellis, Brooke Engen, Eric Anthony Johnson, Andrew Kober, Elliott Mattox, Mateo Melendez, Ramone Owens, Commodore C. Primous III, Nevada Riley, and Graham Stevens.
Based on Tim Burton’s cult favorite film, the eight-time Tony-nominated musical follows Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and Beetlejuice, a demon with a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, this double-crossing specter unleashes a (nether)world of pandemonium.
Beetlejuice features an original score by Tony nominee Eddie Perfect, and a book by Tony nominees Scott Brown and Anthony King. Music supervision, orchestrations and incidental music are by Kris Kukul, and choreography is by Connor Gallagher.
The creative team also includes scenic designer David Korins, costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Kenneth Posner, sound designer Peter Hylenski, projection designer Peter Nigrini, puppet designer Michael Curry, special effects designer Jeremy Chernick, hair and wig designer Charles G. LaPointe, make-up designer Joe Dulude II, and physical movement coordinator Lorenzo Pisoni. Illusions are by Michael Weber while dance arrangements are by David Dabbon. Also serving are Rachel Bauder as production stage manager, Catie Davis as associate director, Nancy Renee Braun as associate choreographer, and Jenny Gersten as line producer. Casting is by Telsey + Company and Rachel Hoffmanand music producing is by Matt Stine.