UNCHAINED AND REIMAGINED, THE MUSICAL PRODUCTION BASED ON THE MUCH-LOVED MOVIE MASTERPIECE RETURNS FOR UK TOUR
Bill Kenwright’s ‘beautiful’ and ‘spectacular’ production of GHOST – THE MUSICAL returns to the UK in 2019, following the success of its international tour.
Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of Oda Mae Brown, a phony storefront psychic, Sam, trapped between this world and the next tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger…
Rebekah Lowings (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar) will join Bill Kenwright’s production of this timeless story of love, despair and hope in the part of Molly alongside Niall Sheehy (Titanic The Musical, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Wicked)as Sam.
West End musical theatre star Jacqui Dubois (original London cast of Rent and Children of Eden, other credits include The Lion King, Fela and most recently People, Places and Things) returns to play ‘Oda Mae Brown’, the part made famous in the film by Whoopi Goldberg.
Sergio Pasquariello (Original London cast of Heathers the Musical, other credits include West Side Story, Les Miserables) plays ‘Carl’ alongside Jules Brown as ‘Willie’, James Earl Adair with his haunting performance as the ‘Hospital Ghost’ and Lovonne Richards as the ‘Subway Ghost’. Jochebel Ohene Maccarthy plays ‘Louise’ and Sadie-Jean Shirley is ‘Clara’. Completing the cast is Chanelle Anthony, Josh Andrews, Samantha Noel, Charlotte-Kate Warren, Kage Douglas and Michael Ward.
The double Academy Award-winning movie Ghost is a huge success story, both critically and at the box office, where it was the highest grossing film in the year of its release. It starred the late Patrick Swayze alongside Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin’s script won the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Oscar® for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film’s most iconic and moving scene was famously performed to The Righteous Brother’s Unchained Melody, which also features in the musical version.
Producer of this stage adaptation, Bill Kenwright said; “Ghost is a story full of hope and is one of those films which never leaves you. The book by Bruce Joel Rubin and score by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballad come together wonderfully.”
Bruce Joel Rubin said; “This is a show with such a strong emotional and musical life that it can mould to many visions and interpretations. It can be performed on any scale, and its vibrant heart will still captivate an audience and allows the imagination to flourish. It is purely theatrical in the greatest sense”.
Ghost The Musical is in the Capital this week, with a stellar cast and beautiful venue. I went last night and here are my thoughts.
What a massive undertaking to bring to life the iconic movie version of Ghost. I wasn’t sure if it would work. The movie, of course, is not a musical, it doesn’t have a memorable soundtrack that we can get sentimental about when we hear. Of course, it does have Unchained Melody as that thread that moves throughout and brings out the feels. But one song does not make a musical.
There is something very special about hearing new songs for the first time. I understand that Dave Stewart is responsible for the music and lyrics which is outstanding. I enjoyed the songs especially Rebekah Lowing’s performance of With You which was haunting (pun intended) and gave me chills. With some of the songs, I felt they were rushed so you couldn’t hear the words and also the lyrics were simple in nature. But overall I was impressed by the songs and they really worked for the storyline.
The cast was strong and professional. The two outstanding performers for me were Jacqui Dubois as Oda Mae. I can’t imagine how incredibly anxious it would make an actor feel to try and bring to life a role already made famous by Whoopi Goldberg. How to make it your own? Put your authentic stamp on it. But boy Jacqui Dubois does it with ease. An amazing humorous performance.
Now my ultimate favourite performer was Lovonne Richards as the subway ghost. He was brilliantly terrifying. The special effects were just out of this world and the feelings he brought to the audience were powerful.
A brilliant show with an amazing cast. I went to the theatre with anticipation of it not living up to the movie. I left the theatre with a refreshed opinion the musical is a beautiful homage to something great from the past and it stands in its own beautiful way going forward.
It also brings that vital important message to hold on to what we have, appreciate it and know it won’t last forever. So love with abundance. You will leave the show with a tear on your cheek and warmth in your heart.
By Kelly Lacey for Love Books Group
Ghost The Musical
TUE 26 FEB TO SAT 02 MAR 2019
Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Running time (approx.): 2 hours 30 minutes (20 mins)
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