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Eddie Perfect to pen Beetlejuice musical for Broadway

Australian actor, comedian and composer Eddie Perfect is following in the footsteps of his good friend Tim Minchin, all the way to Broadway.

Playbill reports that Perfect is set to write the score for a new musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 cult comedy-fantasy hit film Beetlejuice, alongside book writers Scott Brown and Anthony King. Brown and King wrote the off-Broadway hit comedy Gutenberg! The Musical!

The Beetlejuice musical is currently being developed by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, and is set for a staged developmental reading in May. Perfect’s involvement was revealed through an Actors’ Equity casting notice, which also listed double Tony nominee Alex Timbers as director, and triple Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as the actor in the title role.

Perfect is known best for his performances as Mick Holland in Offspring, but he started his career in musical theatre and cabaret, writing his own satirical and darkly funny material. He wrote the score for Shane Warne: The Musical, and also contributed songs to Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, including the entirely rewritten opening number for the Melbourne season.

But those hoping to see Perfect’s songs on the Great White Way may still have quite a wait ahead of them: Broadway musicals can take several years to develop and are notoriously difficult to mount. And given that this is the first major workshop of the material, a fully-staged production, either on Broadway or out-of-town, may still be quite a way off.

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