U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert has released a statement regarding her ejection from a recent Denver performance of the Beetlejuice national tour. According to The Denver Post, Boebert was escorted out of the theatre after "causing a disturbance," with venue officials reporting that the Colorado politician vaped during the performance; she also sang along and recorded the show.
“The past few days have been difficult and humbling, and I’m truly sorry for the unwanted attention my Sunday evening in Denver has brought to the community,” Boebert said, according to the New York Times (she initially denied that she had vaped during the show). “While none of my actions or words as a private citizen that night were intended to be malicious or meant to cause harm, the reality is they did and I regret that.”
While the venue officials did not name Boebert in their report of misconduct, her campaign office confirmed her removal from the performance. And security footage shared by the Associated Press showed Boebert vaping before being ejected.
Boebert also told the Times that her "public and difficult divorce" was a cause for her behavior, and claimed that she "genuinely did not recall vaping that evening." Still, the representative disclosed that she "simply fell short of [her] values on Sunday."
The Colorado representative subsequently appeared on One America News to address the situation. “I was a little too eccentric,” she said, appearing to downplay the events. “I’m very known for having an animated personality, maybe overtly animated personality. I was laughing, I was singing, having a fantastic time, was told to kinda settle it down a little bit, which I did. But then, my next slip up was taking a picture.”
The OAN host Dan Ball then said that Boebert was targeted because she was a “MAGA girl” in Denver, which is a majority-Democrat city. The Beetlejuice performance took place at the the Buell Theatre, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Boebert agreed, and said, "I think that could be the case."
Additional security footage from local news station Next 9NEWS showed Boebert and her date touching each other inappropriately during the performance.
Broadway's Beetlejuice embarked on its first national tour last year at Paducah, Kentucky's Caron Center. Justin Collette and Isabella Esler lead the company as Beetlejuice and Lydia, respectively, alongside Megan McGinnis, Will Burton, Jesse Sharp, and Kate Marilley. The production remains in Denver through September 17, after which it has stops planned in Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, Des Moines, St. Louis, Tampa, and more. For a full touring itinerary, visit BeetlejuiceBroadway.com.
Based on the cult-favorite, Tim Burton-directed 1988 film, Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and
Betelgeuse 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.
Tony winner Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!) directs, with an original score by Tony nominee Eddie Perfect (King Kong) 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 Tony-nominated scenic designer David Korins, Tony-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, Tony-winning lighting designer Kenneth Posner, Tony-winning sound designer Peter Hylenski, Tony-nominated projection designer Peter Nigrini, puppet designer Michael Curry, special effects designer Jeremy Chernick, hair and wig designer Charles G. LaPointe, and make-up designer Joe Dulude II. Casting is by The Telsey Office.
The musical played its final performance at Broadway's Marquis Theatre January 8, 2023. Beetlejuice originally opened in 2019 at the Winter Garden Theatre, earning eight Tony nominations. The show closed during the pandemic Broadway shutdown, returning to Broadway in April 2022, taking a new home at the Marquis Theatre. Alex Brightman reprised his performance as the titular poltergeist opposite Elizabeth Teeter as Lydia.