Universal Studios Florida’s Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue Closed for Revamping

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James Keaton as BJ in the final performance of the current version of Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios Florida (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Not every theme park attraction can be a 5-star E-ticket, but every ride and show has someone who will mourn when it’s gone — especially the cast and crew who brought it to life. Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios Florida might not have a top rating in the Unofficial Guide, but has earned a special place in some guests hearts, judging by the very vocal crowd that packed the final performance on January 4, 2014. Universal Studios Florida’s Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue closed after Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. for a complete reimagining, replacing the current version of the show that has been performed since 2006.

When the Beetlejuice show reemerges later in 2014 (date unknown), it will have an all-new script and song list, along with new performers. I’m told that only two members of the current cast had their contracts renewed to perform in the new production.

The following video of the final show features several veteran members of the Graveyard cast who will not be returning, including Charles Gray as Frankenstein and James Keaton (who performed role for 18 years) as Beetlejuice.

This last show was somewhat emotional for me, personally, since I worked with Keaton and other members of the cast and crew during the 1990s and got to reunite with several old colleagues at the farewell. Here’s a look at the Graveyard gang’s final farewell group photos, taken after the guests had been escorted out.

Finally, Beetlejuice wasn’t the only Universal Studios Florida show to bid farewell on January 4. Here’s a look at the season’s last Blues Brothers Christmas Show, a.k.a. Derek Burgan‘s second-favorite theme park show.

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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

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  • January 14, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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    Nice to see that they are finally revamping it as to me it was long overdue. I was good friends with Krislyn who used to be a Bride who retired, but know who a lot of the cast is and have met several of them before.
    Charles was great, James was great as Beetlejuice, Kathy, etc.. Its going to be hard with a lot of them gone. Is C. Mccormick going to stay as Beetlejuice or is he gone as well? Imo no one plays a better Beetlejuice. Can’t wait to see what the new show is like.

    • January 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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      Oops. I meant C. McCarrick.

    • January 15, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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      Sorry, I know that only 2 of the former cast were offered new contracts, but can’t say who.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    Unfortunately, i never got to meet any of these performers . Let me just say, however, if the don,t get offered new contracts i hope that they get GREAT jobs elsewere . They all have great talent . God bless them all !

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  • March 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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    I know James and Charles are still there. Also a guy who’s stage name is Tony who plays one of the Dracula’s is still there.

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