When it comes to being on stage, SixTONES frontman Jesse is no stranger to wowing the audience. Since 2020, his elastic voice and Rock-star persona have performed to sold-out crowds across Japan. But this fall, he’s taking on a new role, the starring role in the hit Broadway musical BEETLEJUiCE.

Based on Tim Burton’s 1988 comedy horror feature of the same name with music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect and a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King, BEETLEJUiCE took the world by storm immediately following its 2019 Broadway opening, in no small part thanks to its original take on the story, gothic upbeat score, and reimagining of the movie’s most iconic moments including “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)!”

But, even for someone like Jesse, who oozes rock-star appeal. Performing like this is something new.

“I’ve been in tons of shows before, but I can’t help being a bit nervous headlining a full-fledged Broadway musical,” he says in an official statement. “Add to that the fact that Beetlejuice is such an iconic role, and I really want to make sure I do both the character and these songs adequate justice. My ultimate goal is, with the rest of the cast and staff, to create something so funny it will make us laugh so hard we’ll cry. I hope the audience will love it too…I can’t wait to start rehearsals!”

BEETLEJUiCE opens August 4th, 2023, at Tokyo’s Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre and will continue to Nagoya and Osaka before returning to the underworld September 27th.