Ghost the Musical
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Previewed 22 June 2011, opened 19 July 2011, closed 6 October 2012 at the Piccadilly Theatre in London
A major new musical stage version of Ghost in London, based on the hughly popular 1990 film Ghost.
Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony store front psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.
"Ghost The Musical has a huge ready-made audience. The film on which it's based is a shamelessly cheesy romantic fantasy. And with superb special effects and engaging performances, Matthew Warchus's production has plenty of dazzle... Rob Howell's impressive set deftly integrates magician Paul Kieve's effects and clever projections by Jon Driscoll, and there are moments of gaspinducing ingenuity. This technical wizardry, allied to the appeal of the leads, may just make for a hit." The London Evening Standard
"It's easy to feel sceptical about another blockbuster film given the musical theatre treatment. However, here it's the original screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin who has adapted his much-loved work for the stage, while the ever-credible Dave Stewart from The Eurythmics has come on board to create new music. The result is a modern rock musical which remains true to the spirit of the film and rejoices in the sentimental love story while the score heightens the emotional intensity... And yes, the anticipated potter's wheel scene makes an appearance but it's smartly and sensitively done. There are a few jarring notes, not least when the drama of Sam's death is undermined by being followed by an upbeat tap dance, but Matthew Warchus's production is still likely to leave audiences haunted by the love-and-loss story and spooked by the special effects." The Daily Express
"It was almost a dead cert: Ghost The Musical was sure to be toe-curling, right? After all, the 1990 film was rife with schmaltz, and with naff special effects once its romantic hero was transmogrified into a crime-solving spectre... Now Ghost has been rehashed for the West End, with added songs. And the good news is, the musical proves more impressive than the film, because the canny director Matthew Warchus has a wizard technical team, including the illusionist Paul Kieve. The trompe l'oeils are more thrilling and entertaining. In fact, they're some of the best I've seen on stage." The Independent on Sunday
Ghost the Musical in London features new music and lyrics by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (writer of Michael Jackson's 'Man In The Mirror'). It is directed by Matthew Warchus with designs by Rob Howell, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Simon Baker. Based on the motion picture with written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker. The film Ghost starred Patrick Swayze as 'Sam Wheat' and Demi Moore as 'Molly Jensen' along with Whoopi Goldberg as 'Oda Mae Brown'. The film won two Oscars for Whoopi Goldberg for 'Best Actress in a Supporting Role' and Bruce Joel Rubin for 'Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen'.
Ghost the Musical in London at the Piccadilly Theatre previewed from 22 June 2011 and opened on 19 July 2011 and closes on 6 October 2012.