Beetlejuice: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewed by Jen Bremer (Library Staff)

Classic flicks of the 80’s have been getting musical reboots in the last few years, and I’m on board. Beetlejuice: the Musical is full of newly written rock-y ballads, appropriately creepy lyrics, and irreverent humor, as well as the classics from the film like “Shake, Senora” and “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)”. Sophia Anne Caruso, as Lydia, belts out the track “Dead Mom” with enough angst, pain, and authenticity that makes the song stand out from the crowd. Actress Kerry Butler’s Barbara Maitland is an equal delight with her melodic and sweet voice, making it the perfect accompaniment to Caruso’s grittier sound. Overall, the soundtrack is a great listen, however, as the lyrics remind you, “this is a show about death.” If that’s something you’re sensitive to, this would not be a musical for you.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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