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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