Adam Driver Got a Shoutout From 1 ‘Beetlejuice’ Actor During the 2019 Tony Awards

Sometimes he’s the ruthless leader of the First Order. Other times he’s just a regular guy from New Jersey who falls in love. When Adam Driver took to the Broadway stage for a production of Burn This, he earned some recognition at the 2019 Tony Awards. 

He also earned a shoutout from the lead actor in Beetlejuice the musical, who gave him a shoutout during his performance at the award show.

Adam Driver attended to 2019 Tony Awards for ‘Burn This’

Starring alongside Keri Russell, Adam Driver appeared in a stage production of the drama Burn This. In it, he portrayed the working-class New Jersey native, named Pale who stumbled into Manhattan after the passing of his friend.

This Broadway character, far from his Girls days, earned Adam Driver a Tony Award nomination, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. This wouldn’t be the only award show he was nominated for.

His work in the American biographical crime drama film, BlacKkKlansman, earned him recognition at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes. Perhaps what he’s best known for, though, is his work with the Star Wars prequel trilogy. 

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The ‘Beetlejuice’ actor shouted out Adam Driver’s ‘Star Wars’ character

Even though Driver took the stage for this play, he’s best known amongst Disney fans for his work with the Star Wars movies. In them, he portrayed the ruthless leader of the first order, Kylo Ren. 

In the first movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he even kills his father, Han Solo. When some of the cast of Beetlejuice took the stage at the 2019 Tony Awards, the actor behind the title character, Alex Brightman, was sure to mention Driver.

“Adam Driver, you killed Han Solo. Not cool, bro,” the actor shouted from the stage, according to a tweet from broadway.com. A camera turned to the Star Wars performer, who laughed at the shoutout from this actor. 

Adam Driver attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall
Adam Driver attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

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‘Beetlejuice’ earned a few awards and recognitions at the 2019 Tony Awards

Even though this colorful stage adaptation was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and “Best Original Score,” they did not end up winning any awards at the 2019 ceremony. (Hadestown took home the award for “Best Musical.”)

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Broadway’s closure, Beetlejuice shut their doors for the last time. This came after a surge in ticket sales following the Tony performance, as well as support from fans. 

“I have never seen anything like this. I have never seen a show turn itself around so drastically, miraculously and not by any slight-of-the-hand tricks,” Hal Luftig, a co-producer of Beetlejuice said, according to Broadway News. “The word of mouth has been extraordinary.”

Some expect this production to do a tour during Fall 2021. Presumably, more information will be announced in the coming months.