Last night I attended the press night of Bill Kenwright’s production of Ghost the Musical at The Hawth Crawley! I have NEVER seen the classic film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore! So I literally had no idea of the story line, which I think is good for reviewing purposes as I haven’t got anything to compare it to!
Modish Mum gave the show 5/5! She saw the original show in London several years ago which she loved but said this production was even better! I agree with her, the show was fantastic and Ghost the movie is now on my watch list!
What is Ghost The Musical?
Ghost was a 1990 film phenomenon staring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore & Whoopi Goldberg which has been transformed into a hit musical featuring the classic Righteous Brother’s hit Unchained Melody alongside many more terrific songs co-written by Eurythmic’s Dave Stewart!
Sam is murdered and leaves behind his grieving girlfriend Molly, who unbeknown to her is in grave danger as who she thought was a friend Carl played by Sam Ferriday is not to be trusted! What will Molly do when she is approached by a psychic who says she has connected with Sam who wishes to talk to her? Will there be a happy ending? Watch the show to find out!
Who knew Hollyoaks bad boy Rhys Ashworth could sing? I certainly didn’t! I did wonder how he would adapt his Manchester accent into an American one but he did an absolutely great job and the singing was superb! I really wouldn’t have pictured Andy Moss taking on this role, but I couldn’t fault his performance.
London’s West End Miss Saigon star Carolyn Maitland smashed the role of Molly, and her rendition of With You had the whole audience on the edge of their seats. Complete silence while she sang her heart out! My mother was crying, and I heard a few other people sobbing so must have struck a chord with some people as it is an emotional song.
One of my favourite scenes has got to be the psychic reading featuring Jacqui Dubois as Oda Mae who was utterly hilarious! Myself and everyone in the audience were laughing out loud! And my god Dubois can sing! Literally brought the house down! My mum who’s seen the film said she was on par with Whoopi Goldberg who stars in the original 1990 film.
Ghost The Musical had some of the best staging I have ever seen! Everything moved and the way the scenes were moved to create scenes of Brooklyn and the subway were excerpted so so well! The subway scene was one of my favourites, a massive well done to the lighting and create team for their efforts as it really brought the show together.
Book & Lyrics by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN
Music & Lyrics by DAVE STEWART AND GLEN BALLARD
Based on the Paramount Pictures film written by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN