Based on the successful 1990 movie of the same name; a book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin and music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, Ghost the musical premiered in Manchester in 2011. The production transferred to the West End in the same year and went on to be nominated for five Olivier awards. The new year of 2019 sees Bill Kenwright’s production of Ghost the musical returning for a four month tour of the UK.
Ghost tells the story of Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen, two people deeply in love with each other living in Brooklyn New York. As the couple walk home one evening Sam is mugged at gunpoint and killed by his attacker. Sam finds himself trapped in the world of the living as a ghost, unable to leave his beloved Molly. With the help of dubious psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam has a plan to protect Molly when he discovers that she is in great danger.
Illusionist Richard Pinner and lighting designer Nick Richings have created effects that are impressive and clever. Alistair David’s modern choreography is delivered with skill and precision by the very talented young ensemble.
Sergio Pasquariello gives a strong performance as Carl the friend, villain and business associate of Sam.
On the day of our visit the role of Molly was performed by Charlotte-Kate Warren. Warren and Niall Sheehy (Sam) had excellent chemistry with each other, their voices harmonise wonderfully together particularly in the number Here right now.
Both also gave excellent individual performances. Sheehy demonstrating the anger and frustration felt by a man cruelly removed from his life in a violent way in the final number of the first act Suspend my belief/I had a life. Warren has a beautiful voice and her delivery of With You (one of my favourite songs from a musical) was delivered with such heart felt emotion that I found myself along with many members of the audience reduced to tears.
Jacqui Dubois has great comedic timing and delivery as Oda Mae Brown injecting humour into what is essentially a very sad tale.
With beautiful lighting, effective illusions, an identical story line to the movie, and strong performances from a very talented cast, Ghost the musical is a heart wrenching fantasy love story which according to the applause and standing ovations was thoroughly enjoyed by the Wolverhampton audience.
Ghost the musical at Wolverhampton Grand from 22nd -26th January when it continues its UK tour. Don’t miss out and remember your tissues!
Theatretastic rating 4/5:
We say: “With beautiful lighting, effective illusions and strong performances from a very talented cast, Ghost the musical is a heart wrenching fantasy love story that was adored by the Wolverhampton audience!”