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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.
"As a film it struck me as a genuine, if guilty, pleasure. Good triumphs over evil when the ghost of the murdered Sam finally leaves Molly alone to take up his rightful place in Heaven. But it all comes down to chemistry and charm.... In this ultra-brash stage version, I'm afraid we get two leads with the combined charisma of a packet of cheesy Wotsits... It's not really the actors' fault. The songs by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard are unmemorable, and Bruce Joel Rubin's book slavishly follows the film, hoping the cash register will again open up with a gratifying ker-ching. But the thundering rock score with its all-purpose disco choreography and a chorus of the undead doesn't ever find a new way of telling the story for the stage...Really, the appeal lies in Matthew Warchus's super-slick production and Paul Kieve's illusions, which use the latest technology to zoom bodies through solid doors, create thundering ghost trains and heavenly ascensions, and a plethora of other amazing special effects. These set a new industry standard and should win awards. But as musicals go, it all feels expensively pointless and top-heavy." The Mail 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.