“Beetlejuice,” the frenzied and terrifying musical so famous that it rose from the dead, will end its run on Broadway on Jan. 8, the show’s producers announced Tuesday.
It’s the latest in a string of shutdowns as Broadway grapples with lower tourism, fewer office workers in Manhattan, and rising production costs due to inflation following prolonged theater closures due to the pandemic. ‘s longest-running show, The Phantom of the Opera, has announced that it will be closing in February. “Dear Evan Hansen” will be shutting down over the weekend and “Come From Away” will be shutting down early next month.
Based on the 1988 film, Beetlejuice has had a bumpy road on Broadway. It opened in 2019, but due to poor sales, the Shubert Organization asked to move out of the Winter Garden Theatre. Before that happened, sales rebounded thanks to the show’s viral reception on social media, and then the pandemic shut down all theaters while we were still trying to find the next step.
Produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and Langley Park Productions, the show returned to Broadway last April and is now at the Marquis Theatre. Maintain a long run of large-scale musicals. By the time the theater closed, a total of 679 performances had taken place at both theaters.
The musical features songs by Eddie Perfect and books by Scott Brown and Anthony King. Directed by Alex Timbers. The show is planning a tour starting in December in San Francisco.
According to Securities and Exchange Commission filings, “Beetlejuice” had an initial capitalization of $21 million. We have not recovered those costs.