“Beetlejuice,” which closed on Broadway earlier this month and arrives at the Detroit Opera on January 31, was called “great fun” by Variety and “exuberant and macabre” by The New York Times. Based on Tim Burton’s beloved 1988 film, the musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, an unusual teenager whose life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and Beetlejuice, “a stripe-loving demon.” .

    Among the talented actors of the series will be three actors – Britney Coleman, who grew up in Ann Arbor, Will Burton and Nevada Riley. All are graduates of the University of Michigan as well as veterans of various musicals. Britney and Will play a married couple in the play but were roommates at UM. We caught up with the talented trio in Cleveland, the show’s first stop, to find out more about the upcoming show, life on the road and what they’ll be up to while they’re in the Motor City.

    When did you graduate from UM? What shows did you perform in then?

    Britney Coleman: I graduated in 2011. Probably the most notable (and surprisingly viral on YouTube) show I’ve performed in was written, directed, engineered, and produced entirely by students: “A Very Potter Musical.” Some other favorite onstage moments were playing Sarah in “Ragtime” and Grusha in “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.”

    Will Burton: I graduated in 2011. I played Jeff in “Brigadoon” my senior year. One of my favorite roles was Henry Ford in “Ragtime”. It’s a small role but it has a great song. I’ve done a bunch of new musicals, including playing the title role in a show my classmates, Carlos Valdes and AJ Holmes, wrote called “Gibson Fleck.” I was also in “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” and “42nd Street!”

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