Preview: ‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ – Get ready to dance with the Ghosts!

Prepare yourself for a unique glimpse into the afterlife with “Beetlejuice: The Musical.”

The Broadway play production is scheduled to be at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., from Nov. 21-26.

The play is a musical adaptation of the iconic 1988 film ‘Beetlejuice’ directed by Tim Burton. It will make you laugh, dance, and wonder where the lines are between the living and the dead. The eight-time Tony awards nominee theatrical performance debuted on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater on March 28, 2019. After closing for COVID-19, it re-opened on April 8, 2022, at the Marquis Theater. (The play does contain strong language, mature references, and inappropriate words.)

Isabella Esler (Lydia) (l) and Justin Collette (Beetlejuice) are in a scene from the “Beetlejuice” play. (Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2022)


Directed by Alex Timbers, Beetlejuice tells the story of a teenager Lydia Deetz, a teenage girl who loves the company of ghosts rather than being afraid of them. Lydia is depressed because of her mother’s passing. Charles, Lydia’s father seems to not care about her, which strains their relationship. After losing her mother, Emily Deetz, Lydia and her father move to a new home.

The teenager finds out the house is haunted soon after they move into their new home. The ghosts, who reside in Deetz’s and her father’s new house, are the former owners. They are the amiable ghosts of Adam and Barbara Maitland, a recently deceased couple. Lydia and the Maitlands become friends very quickly.

The Maitland couple and Lydia share the same goal of frightening Lydia’s father, Charles, into moving out of the house. However, their attempts to frighten him away are ineffective, and Charles is excited by the ghosts rather than terrified of them.

A deranged demon, Beetlejuice, is the only one who can help them.

Lydia will have to think carefully about what she is doing because if she says his name three times, the demon Beetlejuice will be released and will wreak havoc on the house and everything in it.

Will Beetlejuice’s mischievous behavior aid or impede the plans of Lydia and the Maitlands? Can they overcome unforeseen turns and otherworldly alliances to create a bridge between the living and the dead?

Come along on this exciting adventure through the living and beyond, filled with chaos, humor, and love!


“Beetlejuice” is Tim Burton’s timeless masterpiece, which is the most famous ghost story ever and is loved by all. For the first time, death and ghosts are objects of ridicule for the living. The play also addresses the meaning of life and death, family dynamics and relationships, and acceptance and belonging.

Get your tickets today and get ready for an evening of dark humor and touching storytelling that will keep you thoroughly amused. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see “Beetlejuice”at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Nov. 21-26. For tickets, call (918) 596-7111.

Britney Coleman (Barbara) (l), Will Burton (Adam), Isabella Esler (Lydia), and Justin Collette (Beetlejuice) are in a scene from the ‘Beetlejuice’ (Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2022)

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