Five spooky musicals to sing along to this Halloween

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Tiara Starks, Entertainment Editor

Although Broadway has closed its theater’s doors because of the pandemic, with Halloween right around the corner, that’s no excuse not to check out this list of spooky-themed musicals whose soundtracks are sure to give you a scare! Below is a list of five of the most skin-crawling shows to ever grace the Broadway stage:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The story is centered around a young couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle, which is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover Dr. Frank N. Furter, a mad scientist, who is actually an alien, who creates a living muscle man in his laboratory. The couple are eventually released by Dr. Furter’s servants who take control over the house.

The show was produced and directed by Jim Sharman. The original London production of the musical premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1973. Its 1975 Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre lasted only three previews and 45 showings, but was able to earn one Tony nomination and three Drama Desk nominations. Since then, the musical has become a cult classic and enjoyed by horror fans across the globe.

Beetlejuice
This musical is based on the 1988 film of the same name. The production’s music and lyrics were created by Eddie Perfect and the book was written by Scott Brown and Anthony King. “Beetlejuice” is about a deceased couple who try to haunt the new residents of their former home by conjuring up a ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced “Beetlejuice”) who forms an unlikely friendship with Lydia, one of the residents of the house.

The musical had a tryout at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. in October of 2018, prior to opening on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 25, 2019. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the show played its final performance in March 2020.

The Addams Family
This musical is based upon “The Addams Family” cartoon characters created by Charles Addams. The Addams have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years. Wednesday, the only daughter, has fallen in love with a young boy named Lucas Beineke. The show takes place over one night where family secrets are disclosed and the Addams must adapt to the changes that are happening within their family.

After a tryout in Chicago in 2009, the musical opened on Broadway in April 2010. The production closed on Dec. 31, 2011. Despite its short run, “The Addams Family” won several awards, such as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design. The show was nominated for two Tony Awards.

Sweeney Todd
“Sweeney Todd” is a 1979 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. It is based on the 1973 play of the same name by Christopher Bond. A Victorian-era barber returns home to London after 15 years of being in exile to take revenge on the judge who sentenced him. Sweeney rushes to murder as many people as he can, while his business associate, Mrs. Lovett, bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Not what you expected, right?

“Sweeney Todd” opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It is the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Book and also won an Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Carrie
Adapted from the 1974 novel by Stephen King, “Carrie” focuses on a teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose life is dominated by her insanely religious mother. After she’s humiliated by her classmates at her high school prom, she uses her powers to wreak havoc on the school.

“Carrie” originally premiered in England in 1988, then came to Broadway the same year, but closed after 16 previews and five performances. The show is considered one of the most notable failures in Broadway theatre history. The book was written by Lawrence D. Cohen with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore.

All of the musicals soundtracks can be found on major music platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.