Beetlejuice (musical)

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Name: Beetlejuice (Musical)
Abbreviation(s): BTJ, BJ
Creator: Eddie Perfect
Date(s): 2019 - 2020
Medium: Musical
Country of Origin: US
External Links: Beetlejuice the Musical Official Website
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Beetlejuice was a Broadway musical by Eddie Perfect, Scott Brown and Anthony king. It was adapted from a film of the same name by Tim Burton. The musical features a recently deceased couple who tries to hire a bio-exorcist to rid their home of the new family that had moved in.

Canon Overview

The musical had a Pre-Broadway tryout in Washington D.C. in 2018, before opening on Broadway in 2019. It was slated to close on June 6, 2020, but because of the coronavirus crisis, played its last performance on March 12, 2020.[1]

The Story

Unlike the Movie, in which the story is based on the Maitlands need to rid the house of the new residence, this iteration focus is on death and the effects that it has on the characters.

The story begins with the Deetz family attending the funeral of Emily Deetz. Her daughter, Lydia sings about the loss and how it has rendered her invisible to everyone around her. Beetlejuice, breaking the fourth wall as he tends to do through the show, comments that the ballad intro is a "bold departure from the source material". He then informs the audience that this is a show about Death and introduces the next set of characters. The Maitlands, a "boring" and "normal" couple who are about to die.

Upon their death, Beetlejuice tried to ingratiate himself into their afterlives in an attempt to manipulate them into getting a living person to set him free. He attempt to teach them how to scare the new family that moved into the home. The Deetz family, months after Emily's death, are attempting to move on. Lydia refuses to move on and searches for a sign that her mother's spirit is still around. Instead of her mother, she meets the Maitlands after Beetlejuice gives up on them.

Lydia believe the Maitlands can help her and when disappointed by the failed scare tactics, she chooses to punish her family by attempting suicide. Luckily a moping Beetlejuice spots her in time and attempts to convince her to say his name and let him free. Not buying his con, she pushes him off the roof and chooses the Maitlands again and once again, they failed to scare the family during a dinner party. At this point Lydia is desperate and summons Beetlejuice. He succeeds in kicking everyone out of the house, keeping Lydia all to himself.

Through the second act and beyond, Lydia and Beetlejuice develop a friendship that leads Beetlejuice to choose Lydia to be the one he wants to set him free indefinitely through marriage. The story continues with Beetlejuice attempting to manipulate the characters into getting his way, Lydia conning Beetlejuice in return to escape, marry and escape him again. All while Lydia discovers that the Neitherworld is not what she thought it was, choosing instead to live her life with her new found family and letting her dead mom go.

Other Media

Main Characters

Side Characters

  • Juno
  • Miss Argentina
  • Maxie Dean
  • Maxien Dean
  • Otho
  • Sky The Girl Scout


Tropes & Fanon

Popular fanon is that Beetlejuice is either genderfluid or some other nonbinary gender. Its widespread acceptance may be due to the fact that Alex Brightman, who originated the role of Beetlejuice, has expressed support of the headcanon.[2] Some fans view this opinion as word of God confirmation on its canon status, but other fans believe that actor confirmation is no more than a popular headcanon, due to the nature of theater having many actors for one character.

Another generally accepted fanon is that Beetlejuice's hair will change color based on his mood. Affectionately referred to as "moodring hair"


*Beetlejuice/Lydia Deetz


*The Deetz and The Maitlands

Ship Wars

A popular ship called Beetlelands is an OT3 ship between Beetlejuice and both Maitlands. The other most popular ship is Beetlebabes, the ship of Lydia and Beetlejuice. A beetlebabes shipper is often referred to, most often by antis, as "a beetlebabe" or "multiple beetlebabes." This ship is considered controversial due to the age difference between teenage Lydia and adult/possibly centuries old Beetlejuice. This has sparked much controversy, including the fact that the winner of the Playbill cover contest[3] ships Beetlebabes, causing many people to say they shouldn't have won or their art be supported.[4]



You’re No Prize Either [1] by Smol_LydiaDate: 2020-06-10Length: 2,354
A mayor’s daughter. A rogue victor. A pining boy. In District 12, 55 years after Lucy Gray Baird’s Games, one Lydia Deetz is reaped into the arena, but she has more to contend with than merely staying alive. A Beetlebabes Hunger Games AU.
Working on it [2] by stinkywormsDate: 2020-06-11Length: 3,784
Lydia isn't sure if she's ready to forgive him, yet.
Say My Name Until it Doesn't Hurt [3] by inthenetherworldDate: 2020-07-02Length: 2,693
AU where Delia and Barbara are in their 20s and complete strangers. Both women just getting out of bad relationships, they randomly meet at a bar at their lowest points. Feelings and things ensue.
In the Spectre's Shadow [4] by LadyStrangeandUnusual (Dream_Wreaver)Fandom: Beetlejuice - Perfect/Brown & KingDate: 2020-09-09–2020-06-15Length: 113107Status: Completed
A retelling of the events before, during, and after the musical.


PlayBill Contest




  1. ^ Broadway Shutdown Extends Until 2021 Posted June 29, 2020
  2. ^ Absolutely. 100% posted Oct 5, 2019
  3. ^ That Whole Being Artistic Thing: Beetlejuice Announces Winner of Playbill Cover Competition posted on March 23, 2020
  4. ^ tweet thread posted March 24, 2020, accessed July 7, 2020