Catherine O’Hara Channels Her Beetlejuice Character Delia Deetz at 2019 Tony Awards
- June 10, 2019
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It was showtime for Catherine O’Hara on the Tony Awards red carpet Sunday night.
The actress, 65, showed up at Radio City Musical Hall for Broadway’s biggest night wearing a black and white stripe gown reminiscent of one her character Delia Deetz wore in the 1988 comedy classic, Beetlejuice.
Of course, the choice was intentional, as O’Hara is at the Tony Awards to introduce a production number from the musical adaptation of Beetlejuice, which is up for eight trophies including Best Musical at Sunday’s show.
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Tim Burton’s cult classic is reborn in the deliciously dark and hilarious new musical, with a catchy score by Eddie Perfect and a witty book by Scott Brown and Anthony King.
Tony nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock) steps into Michael Keaton’s shoes as the title role of everyone’s favorite Ghost with the Most, while Sophia Anne Caruso stars as as Lydia Deetz — the death-obsessed teen played by Winona Ryder on screen.
O’Hara’s part, Delia, is slightly retooled for the show, though actress Leslie Kritzer channels O’Hara’s delightful comedy.
Many of the fans’ favorite film moments are recreated, too including the iconic dance sequence set to Harry Belafonte’s “Day-o (Banana Boat Song).”
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The Tony Awards honor the best of Broadway.
Honorary recipients for the 73rd annual ceremony include Judith Light (the Isabelle Stevenson Award); Terrence McNally, Rosemary Harris, and Harold Wheeler (Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre recipients); as well as Broadway Inspirational Voices, Peter Entin, Joseph Blakely Forbes, and FDNY Engine 54 (all given Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre).
The late Marin Mazzie, who died last year at the age of 57 following a battle with ovarian cancer, is being given a special Tony posthumously to recognize her legacy of leadership and advocacy work.
Other special Tony trophies will go to Jason Michael Webb, who brought gospel arrangements to Choir Boy, and the folks behind the towering pupped in King Kong, Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company.
The Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, are currently airing on CBS.