Everyone knows the Academy Award-winning movie. Whether or not you’ve seen it - you’ll know about the infamous pottery scene and be able to recall the soundtrack (‘Unchained Melody’ by the Righteous Brothers). ‘Ghost’ hit the big screens in 1990, and beautifully melded romance, comedy and fantasy into a memorable thriller, further catapulting the careers of its stars; Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was then reshaped for stage, with new noteworthy songs (‘With You’) and a stellar cast, receiving rave reviews after its premiere in Manchester in 2011. Now, ‘Ghost the Musical’ will come home again, as it embarks on a tour across multiple theatres in the UK.
The musical retains the key elements of the film’s plot. It centres around the relationship between banker Sam and sculptor Molly, who are living together in Brooklyn. One evening, Sam is murdered by an armed robber, but instead of passing on he becomes a ghost with unfinished business. As his invisible phantom self, Sam notices that his former colleague Carl is up to no good and that Molly is in danger, thus he enlists the help of psychic Oda Mae to help him communicate with Molly and protect her.
According to the musical’s producer, Bill Kenwright, the film is ‘a story full of hope’ and ‘one that never leaves you’. He credits the creatives behind Ghost the Musical, Bruce Joel Rubin - who wrote the original screenplay for the film and secured an Oscar for it, and Glenn Ballad, who respectively created the book and score for the production. Upon the show’s release, Kenwright notes that the creatives ‘come together wonderfully in one of my favourite new musicals in years’.
Rubin reciprocated the praise, claiming that he was ‘elated’ the musical will tour the UK with Bill Kenwright. He also reflected on the score and described the show as having ‘a strong emotional and musical life that it can mould to many visions and interpretations...its vibrant heart will still captivate an audience’. The adaptation is coordinated with many original musical numbers, but noticeably retains the film’s most iconic track performed by the Righteous Brothers in 1965. Have a listen below:
Kenwright’s Ghost the Musical features a host of talented actors to bring the charming Sam, heartbroken Molly, fraudster Carl, and eccentric Oda Mae to life. Niall Sheehy (Titanic the Musical, Wicked, Le Miserables) will play the lead, as Rebekah Lowings (Jesus Christ Superstar) will play Molly, Jacqui Dubois (The Lion King, Rent) will play Oda Mae and Sergio Pasquariello (Les Miserables, Heathers the Musical) will take on the role of Carl.
Ghost the Musical will tour the UK again from January - May 2019. Take a look at the dates and venues:
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