Meet the Cast of BEETLEJUICE- Now in Previews!
The Broadway transfer of Beetlejuice begins previews tonight, March 28th. The show welcomes back original members of the company including Alex Brightman in the title role, Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia, Kerry Butler as Barbara, Rob McClure as Adam, Adam Dannheisseras Charles, and Leslie Kritzer as Delia.
They are joined by Jill Abramovitz as Maxine Dean/Juno, Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho, Danny Rutigliano as Maxie Dean, and Dana Steingold as the Girl Scout, in the cast of 25 that includes Tessa Alves, Gilbert L. Bailey II, Will Blum, Johnny Brantley III, Ryan Breslin, Natalie Charle Ellis, Brooke Engen, Abe Goldfarb, Eric Anthony Johnson, Elliott Mattox, Mateo Melendez, Sean Montgomery, Ramone Owens, Presley Ryan and Kim Sava.
Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice): Alex Brightman is a writer and Tony-nominated actor who has been seen on Broadway in School of Rock, Matilda, Big Fish, Wicked, Glory Days; on TV in "Documentary Now!," "SMILF," "Important Things w/ Demetri Martin;" and in one horror film where he was brutally murdered on a toilet. His musical writing credits include It's Kind of a Funny Story(Universal Theatrical), The Whipping Boy, and Make Me Bad, all with his writing partner Drew Gasparini. His newest plays, We Left It Here and Everything Is Fine will both be presented in New York City in 2019. This one's for Carole Shelley. @ABrightmonster
Sophia Anne Caruso (Lydia): Sophia Anne Caruso began her professional career as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (directed by Patty Duke.) Broadway: Blackbird West End: David Bowie's Lazarus(What's On Stage nomination, leading actress.) Off Broadway: The Nether (MCC Theater, Lucille Lortel nomination leading actress); Lazarus (NY Theater Workshop, Lucille Lortel, leading actress and Outer Critics Circle nominations, featured actress); Runaways (NY City Center.) Regional: Secondhand Lions, 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle; Little Dancer, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Television: "Smash!," "The Sound of Music Live." Film: Jack of the Red Hearts; 37. Web series: "Strangers" FB TV. @sophiaannecaruso
Kerry Butler (Barbara): Broadway: OCC nomination for playing 3 roles in Mean Girls, Xanadu (Tony, DL Best Actress nominations), Hairspray (Clarence Derwent Award, DD, OCC nominations), Beauty and the Beast (Dora nomination) Disaster!, Catch Me If You Can (DD nomination), Rock of Ages, Little Shop of Horrors (OCC nomination), Les Miserable, Blood Brothers, The Best Man. Off Broadway: Batboy, The Call, Clinton the musical. Television: "30 Rock," "The Mindy Project," "Rescue Me," "Law and Order," "The Mysteries of Laura," "White Collar," "Blue Bloods," "Gilmore Girls," the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Her album Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust is available on iTunes.
Rob McClure (Adam): Rob McClure received Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle nominations and won Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for his performance in Chaplin: The Musical. Other Broadway: Something Rotten, Noises Off, Honeymoon In Vegas, I'm Not Rappaport, and Avenue Q, as well as Where's Charley? and Irma La Douce at Encores!. Regional; The MUNY, Paper Mill, Old Globe, Arden, Cleveland Playhouse, A.R.T, Walnut Street, Delaware Theatre, Flat Rock, McCarter, and La Jolla Playhouse. For the film Recursion, Rob won Best Actor at both The Queens World and Williamsburg Independant film festivals. TV: "Person of Interest," "Elementary," and "The Good Fight."
Adam Dannheisser (Charles): Broadway: Oslo (Obie Award recipient) Fiddler on the Roof, Rock of Ages, Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia, Twelfth Night, Proof, The Tempest and Contact (Ovation Award nom.; 1st national). Off-Broadway: Henry V, Henry VIII, The Tempest, Macbeth (Public Theater); The Arabian Nights (BAM); Blues Are Running (MTC). Regional: Arena Stage, Yale Rep., Steppenwolf, Portland Stage, A.R.T., Lookingglass Theatre Co. Film: nine minutes., Down to Earth, 5 Doctors, Price Above Rubies. TV: "Elementary" "Law & Order: SVU," "The Good Wife," "Damages," "Law & Order," "Brotherhood," "Third Watch," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Sex and the City," "Mad About You." BFA, Boston Conservatory, MFA, NYU. For Jen, Cal and Flynn.
Leslie Kritzer (Delia): Leslie Kritzer is a proud Jew-rican born in NYC. Broadway: Something Rotten, Elf, Sondheim on Sondheim, Legally Blonde (Clarence Derwent Award), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nomination) and Hairspray. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League and Astaire award nominations), Gigantic (Lucille Lortel Nomination), Rooms: A Rock Romance, (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Memory Show, Nobody Loves You, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk nomination) and others. TV: "Difficult People," "Kevin Can Wait," "Younger," "VINYL," "Law and Order SVU". Solo shows: Burn It To The Ground and Beautiful Disaster. www.thelesliekritzer.com @lesliekritzer
Jill Abramovitz (Maxine Dean/Juno/Ensemble): Broadway: Fiddler, Cinderella, 9 to 5, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Other: The National (Beetlejuice), Avery Fisher (Sweeney), Goodspeed, Papermill, Barrington, Kennedy Center, Westchester Bway (Fanny - Funny Girl); recent-ish TV: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Last O.G.," "Kimmy Schmidt," "Hostages," "Madam Secretary," "The Good Wife." Award-winning lyricist/bookwriter. Jillaonline.com. Huge love to my Mom!
Kelvin Moon Loh (Otho/Ensemble): Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants (dir. Tina Landau), The King and I (Lincoln Center, dir. Bartlett Sher), Side Show (dir. Bill Condon). Select Theater: Here Lies Love (Public Theater, dir. Alex Timbers), Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Co., dir. John Doyle), American Idiot (1st National, dir. Michael Mayer). NYU Steinhardt. Follow @kelvinmoonloh
Danny Rutigliano (Maxie Dean/Ensemble): Broadway: Holiday Inn, original B'way/L.A. cast of The Lion King, Billy Elliot, Born Yesterday, ...Whorehouse Goes Public. Tours: How to Succeed..., Elf, Cirque du Soleil's Banana Schpeel. Five Encores! including title role in Fiorello! Numerous Off-B'way, regional theatre, commercials, voiceovers, TV/Film. Favorite role: Husband to Jacqueline Monroe. This one's for Mom. dannyrutigliano.com
Dana Steingold (Girl Scout/Ensemble): Broadway/National Tours: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway/New York: Avenue Q, The Visit, Saturday Night, Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!). Regional includes Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, George Street, Westport Country Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, KC Rep, North Carolina Theatre, Two River, Weston Playhouse. TV: Saraline on Nickelodeon's "Welcome to the Wayne."
Tessa Alves (Ensemble): Broadway: Rock of Ages and Escape to Margaritaville. Stratford Shakespeare Festival favorites: West Side Story, and Trojan Women. Other favorites: "Miss Purple" (lead singer) in circus tour of Spiegelworld's "Empire," scuba diving, talenti ice cream, and "wet Lorraine". I truly love and thank you all.
Gilbert L. Bailey II (Ensemble): Broadway: A Bronx Tale, The Book of Mormon. Much love and continued thanks to HCKR and to the Beetlejuice team for having me along. MTX forever, and as always, love to my family, friends, and beautiful wife, Jessie! Instagram: @ii.the2nd
Will Blum (U/S Beetlejuice, Adam, Otho): Broadway: Torch Song, School of Rock, The Book of Mormon, Grease. National Tour: R+H's Cinderella, HAIR, Elf, Grease, Seussical. Regional: Harmony, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual... Spelling Bee, Jesus Christ Superstar, Floyd Collins. BFA, The Boston Conservatory. Instagram: @willblum
Johnny Brantley III (Ensemble): Johnny is from Dallas, Texas and a Texas State University ('16) graduate. "I'm excited to be making my Broadway Debut with an incredible cast and creative team. Grateful to my family for their support and CTG for this opportunity."
Ryan Breslin (Ensemble): Broadway: Newsies OBC (Racetrack) Charlie and The Chocolate Factory OBC, The Book of Mormon. TV/Film: "Person of Interest" (CBS); Hail, Caesar! Thanks to Telsey, HCKR, Creatives, Producers, PHS, CCM, Hill, and all The Breslins!
Natalie Charle Ellis (U/S Barbara, Delia, Maxine Dean, Juno/ Swing): Broadway stuff: School of Rock and Les Miserables (2014). Other stuff: 9-5 the Musical (National Tour); Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking (Off-Broadway) and Master of None (Netflix). For more stuff: www.NatalieCharleEllis.com. For fun stuff: Instagram @NatsyCharle
Brooke Engen (Swing/Dance Captain): Broadway/Tours/Vegas: Gypsy, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Rock Of Ages, and Surf the Musical. TV/Film: "Hairspray Live," Hairspray Movie as Doreen, "Raising Hope," "Smash," "Hart of Dixie," "Code Black," and Marvel's "Runaways." Love to Telsey Casting, Connor, Alex, and team Beetlejuice! @Brookethat www.brookeengen.com
Abe Goldfarb (Ensemble): Abe Goldfarb is thrilled to make his Broadway debut in Beetlejuice. He is a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, a voice actor, a director and a worldwide burlesque emcee (seriously). Deepest, dearest love to Mom and Rosebud.
Eric Anthony Johnson (Swing): GAHHH! STOKED AF TO BE HERE! National Tours: R+H's Cinderella, Elf, Evita, West Side Story, Miss Saigon. Obscene thanks to Connor, Alex, Nancy, Kris, and MSA. Love to Chip, my parents, Bleecker, and my teachers! BFA Boston Conservatory @ericanthonyjohnson
Elliott Mattox (Ensemble): Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Regional: Asolo Rep; MUNY; Cape Playhouse; Lyric Theatre Oklahoma; Music Theatre Wichita. B.M., Oklahoma City University. The MINE, the team, my family, my friends, Michael - thank you. This is for my Dad. @elliottmattox - @equityonepodcast
Mateo Melendez (Ensemble): Credits include: iLuminate (Artist of Light Tours), The Fulton Theatre (Newsies, Guys and Dolls), Maine State Music Theatre (Newsies), Broadway at Music Circus in Sacramento (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Newsies). Much love to my amazing parents, family, and friends.
Sean Montgomery (U/S Adam, Charles/ Swing): Broadway: Groundhog Day (OBC/Recording, Phil Connors, Ned Ryerson u/s), Matilda(Trunchbull, Wormwood u/s). Recently: Jagged Little Pill (ART), Crazy for You directed by Susan Stroman. National tours: Mary Poppins (Bert u/s), 9 to 5 (Joe), White Christmas (Bob Wallace) '15,'16,'17,'18. CCM. @seandmontgomery
Ramone Owens (Ensemble): Broadway/Tour: Motown the Musical; Off-Broadway: Irish Rep; Regional: Papermill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Tuacahn Center for Arts! Many thanks to God, this awesome creative team, the About Artist Agency, and Rachel Hoffman/Telsey Co! BFA, The Boston Conservatory.
Presley Ryan (U/S Lydia/Ensemble): Broadway: Fun Home. Tour: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (MSG). Regional: Beetlejuice (National), Beaches (Signature/Drury Lane), Annie (Engeman). TV: "OITNB," "Difficult People." Thanks to my family, CESD, Green Room, Ellyn Marsh, Adrienne McKeown, Rachel Hoffman, entire Beetlejuice team. @prezryan
Kim Sava (U/S Delia, Barbara, Juno and Maxine Dean/ Ensemble): Kim Sava is making her Broadway debut with this stellar cast! Tours: Matilda (Acrobat, u/s Wormwood, Honey). Regional: Annie (Lily St. Regis), Paper Mill; Harmony, The Ahmanson, The Alliance; Singing in the Rain (Lina Lamont), MSMT, NSMT, Goodspeed, Pioneer, Fulton, Tuacahn. Love to Michael and Pam.
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