The highly-anticipated Beetlejuice The Musical recently hit Broadway and now we can hear two songs from the new musical. Featuring Sophia Anne Caruso in the role of Lydia and Alex Brightman as the one and only Beetlejuice check out these two catchy songs. The new musical based on the hit 1988 film is currently in previews at New York’s Winter Garden Theater after a successful run in Washington DC. the musical officially opens April 25th.
The show still honors the classic film telling the story of the demon known as Beetlejuice who was originally portrayed by Michael Keaton in the classic film and is played by Alex Brightman in the new musical adaptation.
While the new musical features original songs fans of the classic film will be happy to know that the iconic dinner scene featuring Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O” (The Banana Boat Song) is still a very important moment in the musical said composer Eddie Perfect via Billboard. “That sequence is integral to people’s memory of the movie,” explains Perfect. “We’d feel like we’d be robbing the audience if we didn’t include it.” .
In the new musical Sophia Anne Caruso takes on the iconic role of Lydia Deetz. For the song “Dead Mom,” an anthem Lydia Deetz (Sophia Anne Caruso) performs, Perfect drew on “coming of age and listening to a lot of grunge. That music was inescapable and designed for anybody to be able to play.” Lydia, whose mother has passed away and whose father refuses to discuss it, creates “this imaginary figure in her life that she speaks to,” explains Perfect. “It’s got the power chord changes of Green Day or Nirvana and then a very boogie chorus.”
Another track, “Say My Name” references the central plot point: to summon Beetlejuice, anyone must say his name three times. “That song becomes a battle of wits between him and Lydia,” says Perfect of the song, which has references Punjabi rock. “Since Beetlejuice is an old spirit, it felt like we should borrow from the past as well.”
Listen to “Dead Mom”
Listen to “Say My Name”