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re: Bettlejuice??
Posted by: mattyp4 02:32 am EST 02/01/19
In reply to: re: Bettlejuice?? - caps17 11:40 pm EST 01/31/19

I, on the other hand, agree with the Washington Post review. I really wanted to like this show but I thought it was pretty bad. "Virtually charmless" is a great way to put it.

And I would disagree with caps17-- if you cherish the movie you will probably dislike this. They change up the plot to make it their own but it ended up being a convoluted mess. If it ain't broke don't fix it!

The humor was indeed vulgar, but I also thought it was dumb & sophomoric. I liked that they made the Beetlejuice character crass & crude (definitely R-rated; not PG-13 like the movie) but I just wish the jokes were funny. Instead they were stupid & borderline offensive. And I didn't care for Alex Brightman. He just made me miss Michael Keaton. A lot.

The music was bland & forgettable. For a show that's dark, quirky & irreverent they should have a score to match. But what I heard was generic musical theater pop crap. The songs had no identity. The musical numbers didn't work for me, save for the one at the top of Act 2.

I will say, they have some really nice visuals. Some of the set pieces & costumes were fantastic. It's a visually stunning show but that's about all it has going for it. It needs A LOT of work. (And to give the creative team credit, I hear they've done just that since DC.)

I'm curious to see this show revamped with all the changes in place. I'm willing to give it another go. But I'm definitely going to wait until after previews when all the reviews are out before I make my decision.
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