After a brief absence, Beetlejuice is back at Universal Studios Florida in a new version of the stage show, Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue.
Performed in the same location as it has been for years, this updated show is now more family-friendly than ever, pushing Beetlejuice’s oft-questionable humor to the background in favor of a whole lot of singing and dancing to familiar old pop hits.
Though the show does feature a few throwback moments to the classic Tim Burton film, like a brief “Shake Senora” moment, the overall act is meant to be a “mashup” of music from the last few decades, mostly focusing around the ’80s.
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Among the hits: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “Walk Like an Egyptian,” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” with the highlight being a mix of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” The only hints of contemporary music are a few quick clips that will surely feel dated soon, including “What Does the Fox Say?” and “Royals.” There’s no live music performed, but the singers do a good job at belting out the tunes.
For a show that features Beetlejuice in its title, there’s surprisingly little time devoted to putting the ghost with the most in the spotlight. He does deliver some good jokes, though they’re few and far between. Likewise, the 20-minute show is so fast-paced that it leaves little to no time for the audience to even applaud the live singers before they move on to their next song.
Anyone looking for an upbeat musical montage will find this show to be enjoyable, incorporating horror characters without ever actually being scary. Those looking for off-the-wall entertainment more closely matching the tone of the original film will likely be disappointed to find Beetlejuice largely taking a backseat to Dracula, Wolfman, and the rest of the cast.
Ultimately, the 2014 incarnation of Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue will no doubt entertain the average family of theme park goers without any risk of offending anyone, completely devoid of any risqué costumes or off-color humor, short of one moment where Beetlejuice seems to be ogling a particularly unique men’s magazine.
It’s altogether a visually appealing show that gets guests off their tired feet while pumping out 20 minutes of non-stop singing and dancing. It’s just not exactly “Beetlejuice.”
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