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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #101
Posted: 2/24/20 at 7:31pm

They don't even have a Lydia on the site anymore.

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #102
Posted: 2/24/20 at 9:27pm

Well, with Caruso and no clear replacement currently, the role shouldn't be listed until an official replacement is signed.

 

Presley will likely play the role until a permanent actress is named for the role.

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #103
Posted: 2/25/20 at 7:50am

Curious...usually when a performer leaves a show, they keep the person on the site until a replacement comes in. Right now if you go to the Beetlejuice website, they don't have a replacement listed for Lydia. Maybe the understudies will just switch off given the show is closing in 4 months? 

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #104
Posted: 2/25/20 at 8:15am

Weren't they going to announce a new Lydia this week? I thought it was today. 

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #105
Posted: 2/25/20 at 9:29am

I don't think there was any OFFICIAL word that a replacement would be named.

 

They cannot just "let" the two understudies just play the part until it closes.  Equity regulations.  I THINK after 2 weeks, the actor must be given a principal contract. (Or something close to that.)

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #106
Posted: 2/25/20 at 9:39am
It’s a shame if whatever went down with Sophia leaving the show (I know nothing) detracts from all the effort and sweat she put into the show. She was there from the beginning and hopefully she gets the credit she deserves for that rather than her time on the show always having an asterisk next to it. She’s only 18 and has a v bright future I think
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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #107
Posted: 2/25/20 at 10:04am

dramamama611 said: "I don't think there was any OFFICIAL word that a replacement would be named.



They cannot just "let" the two understudies just play the part until it closes. Equity regulations. I THINK after 2 weeks, the actor must be given a principal contract. (Or something close to that.)
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AEA rules state that an understudy can't go on for three straight weeks(24 performances) unless there's a medical exemption in place. Beetlejuice isn't in this type of situation, so a replacement does need to be found by March 10. This rule was put in after the original ACL closed as they would frequently have understudies cover a role for several months if an actor got fired or injured.

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #108
Posted: 2/25/20 at 10:22am

dramamama611 said: "I don't think there was any OFFICIAL word that a replacement would be named.



They cannot just "let" the two understudies just play the part until it closes. Equity regulations. I THINK after 2 weeks, the actor must be given a principal contract. (Or something close to that.)
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The press releasement from friday afternoon did say that Presley would be taking over through Sunday February 23rd, and that a new Lydia would be named next week. I think some people interpreted this as a new Lydia being announced today to begin performances tonight. 

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #109
Posted: 2/25/20 at 10:31am

Who do you guys think will be a good replacement for Lydia ??

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #110
Posted: 2/25/20 at 2:17pm
Looks like no new replacement this week. According to Dana Steingold’s Instagram her and Presley will be splitting the role this week.
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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #111
Posted: 2/25/20 at 2:25pm
Has anyone from the show posted anything on social media as a goodbye to Sophia? I couldn’t help but notice all the love toward Erika when she left Mean Girls. Even though it was abrupt, you’d expect some love from some on the cast...
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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #112
Posted: 2/25/20 at 2:28pm

ChildofEarth said: "Has anyone from the show posted anything on social media as a goodbye to Sophia? I couldn’t help but notice all the love toward Erika when she left Mean Girls. Even though it was abrupt, you’d expect some love from some on the cast..."

Kerry did as mentioned above (who was also in Mean Girls with Erika ) 

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #113
Posted: 2/25/20 at 3:56pm
@Mods, I sent a PM asking why one of my comments from this thread was deleted and never got a reply. Any chance you get, would love to get an answer.
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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #114
Posted: 2/25/20 at 10:48pm

squip said: "dramamama611 said: "I don't think there was any OFFICIAL word that a replacement would be named.



They cannot just "let" the two understudies just play the part until it closes. Equity regulations. I THINK after 2 weeks, the actor must be given a principal contract. (Or something close to that.)
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The press releasement from friday afternoon did say that Presley would be taking over through Sunday February 23rd, and that a new Lydia would be named next week. I think some people interpreted this as a new Lydia being announced today to begin performances tonight.
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I doubt anyone thought a new  actress would be STARTING tonight.  The girl was JUST released.

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #115
Posted: 2/25/20 at 11:26pm

Didn't see this week's schedule posted so: 

  • 2/25 - 2/27: Dana Steingold
  • 2/28 - 3/1: Presley Ryan

Went tonight hoping to see Dana (and with a very delusional part of my brain hoping to see the Lydia replacement appear on stage with no announcement whatsoever) (I kid, I kid). I was not disappointed; she was amazing! The show was great, as per usual. It was kid's night, so the crowd was rowdy (though mostly from adults in my section either glued to their phones or using kid's night as an excuse to chat with their kids/teens the entire time). Eddie Perfect came out after bows to do a sing-a-long for the occasion. Also, there were a lot of photographers taking pics/filming before the show and at stage door, but they seemed to be affiliated with Kid's Night on Broadway.

Dana and Presley are both very talented, but I have to say I am super excited to see a brand new take on the role from a replacement (barring it being some last-minute social media stunt cast, which I highly doubt). Doubt any stunt casting would be needed; the line to get into the theatre wrapped around the entire theatre (main entrance to stage door) and the place was packed. 

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #116
Posted: 2/27/20 at 7:21pm

Can always rely on Riedel to spill the tea, but think the real story here is that they're looking at the Barrymore??

https://nypost.com/2020/02/27/beetlejuice-on-broadway-loses-its-lydia/

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #117
Posted: 2/27/20 at 7:30pm

"But “Beetlejuice” has since caught on, its weekly grosses climbing to over $1 million. So the Shuberts have found it another home: the Ethel Barrymore, soon to be vacant after the collapse of “The Inheritance.”

Definitely the most important two sentences in the entire article, glad they found it another home if they chose to move it. 

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #118
Posted: 2/27/20 at 7:44pm

Sutton Ross said: ""But “Beetlejuice” has since caught on, its weekly grosses climbing to over $1 million. So the Shuberts have found it another home: the Ethel Barrymore, soon to be vacant after the collapse of “The Inheritance.”

Definitely the most important two sentences in the entire article, glad they found it another home if they chose to move it.
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very exciting ! The Barrymore will definitely be a much more “ intimate “ setting  not sure how they will actually be able to make that work. Very excited! 

 

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #119
Posted: 2/27/20 at 8:03pm
“She’s friendly, talented and dependable. It will make a nice change”

Talk about shade!
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Posted: 2/27/20 at 8:05pm

There’s going to be a lot of upset people who bought tickets to the “last show” thinking it would be one hell of a party only to find out it’s moving to another theater weeks later. Yikes.

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Posted: 2/27/20 at 8:07pm

dmwnc1959 said: "There’s going to be a lot of upset people who bought tickets to the “last show” thinking it would be one hell of a party only to find out it’s moving to another theater weeks later. Yikes."

Lol!! Exactly ! I have tickets for the last day. Either way. It will be nice to have a send off at winter garden. It definitely won’t be the same experience at another theater. 
 

if they are truly securing another Theater. I’m almost positive they will be stunt casting Lydia. 

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #122
Posted: 2/27/20 at 8:12pm
I’m sad to hear of her departure and on seemingly such bad terms. She was the only good thing about this show IMO and her voice is so unique. This will really do damage to her reputation now following that Post article.
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Posted: 2/27/20 at 9:12pm

Sutton Ross said: "CT2NYC said: "Fortunately, Broadway is a very small community, so any speculation can be fairly easily confirmed by people inthe know.

Considering it's no one's business and people want to keep their jobs....no, no it won't be. She confirmed it, end of story.
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So, Sutton Ross, you were saying?

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #124
Posted: 2/27/20 at 9:41pm

I feel like Brightman should’ve been more of a grownup, if what’s in the article is true. Sophia is only 18-19, and they expected her to be some diety of work ethic. I’d like to know if Brightman made it to all his 8 am’s his freshman and sophomore year of college.

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Sophia Caruso departs Beetlejuice #125
Posted: 2/27/20 at 11:13pm
.. if people aren’t emotionally invested. ... it wouldn’t be a thing. No one would pay money to see it. That’s why a “ fan base “ is a thing. And essential to sustain it.

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