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Ghost The Musical
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Ghost The Musical
Advantages: Staging, music and performances
Disadvantages: Sometimes orchestra overpowers the vocals
As I already said this is a musical adaptation of the 1990 romantic comedy, Ghost, in which a young and in love couple move into a new loft style apartment in the not so nice end of New York. The main character Sam is a Wall Street money man and along with his partner Molly everything seems perfect. This show for those who have seen the film follows t plot and the script in places to an almost mirror image, so you will know what to expect plot wise. Sam is killed in a bungled street robbery and becomes a ghost, whilst Molly who is mourning the loss of Sam seeks solace in their friend, Carl. As time progresses the situation surrounding Sam's murder becomes clear and there are twists which if you haven't seen the film (like I hadn't before hand) will come as a bit of a shock. Sam seeks the help of the charismatic psychic Oda Mae Brown to contact Molly, the only problem being that Oda Mae is a bit of a con artist and is shocked to actually be able to speak to the dead after all. What follows is a tale of Sam finding how to be an effective ghost, warn Molly of the unknown dangers and ultimately seek revenge. I'll leave the plot there as with all my other theatre reviews, I don't want to give the whole game away. All I will say is that we are treated to an emotional rollercoaster with pure comedic moments and true heartbreak all rolled into a three Hour show.
The cast are great. Former Coronation Street and Legally Blonde The Musical star, Richard Fleeshman plays an emotionally charge Sam exceptionally well. Whilst Canadian actress Cassie Levy plays Molly beautifully. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the actress who played Oda Mae as she was the understudy, but her performance was first rate and worthy of leading lady status. The best friend Carl is played by Andrew Langtree who plays the split personality part excellently. The ensemble cast also give a solid performance and should be highly praised.
The music is by among others, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame. The music has an electro pop rock feel to it, but also has a beautifully classical feel for some of the more mellow numbers. I'm hoping to do a review of the cast CD soon so will go into them in more depth, but I will say that they are fab and there are some real gems which could become classics.
The staging is amazing. Most of the sets are produce using a complex video wall system which wraps and moves around the stage, to great effect. The special effects and illusions to make Sam and hi ghostly friends really look and act like ghost have been achieved through split second timing and with smoke and mirrors more used to a magic show. They are incredible and were conceived with the help of a professional magician. The ghosts appear to walk through doors, appear out of nowhere and many other tricks which will leave you wondering how it is done.
Overall I highly recommend this show to fans and non fans of the film alike. A word of advice if you happen to be near the speakers like I was, it is VERY loud and unfortunately at times the orchestra overpowers the vocals on stage which is a shame. I look forward to seeing this again soon
The Piccadilly Theatre is just off Piccadilly Circus, nearest tube- Piccadilly Circus, mainline trains - Charring Cross. Tickets range from £25-£65. Check http://www.ghostthemusical.com for more details.
Summary: Stunning new musical - a must see