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Ghost The Musical
Member Name: jrh2
Ghost The Musical
Advantages: nice story
I went to see Ghost whilst in London for my birthday last year. The two musicals I really wanted to see were Wicked and the Wizard of Oz but my mum had booked for us to see Ghost because she really wanted to see it. I wasn't sure that I would like it originally because i'd never seen the film and the only ghost films i'd watch is Casper because he's a friendly ghost.
We saw it on the third night of our stay having already seen the other two mentioned and in the end I actually enjoyed it more than the Wizard of Oz. Wicked was the best out of the three though!
The story is about boyfriend and girlfriend Sam and Molly. On the way home one night they are mugged and Sam ends up being shot trying to protect the love of his life. Sam ends up as a ghost, stuck between the two worlds and to try and protect Molly he communicates through a psychic.
The songs in this musical are mostly written for the show and there are some catchy songs within. The obvious song to have in the musical is 'Unchained Melody' which is my favorite song in Ghost. The scene is just like the scene in the movie but as I haven't seen the film I don't know how similar or different the rest is.
The stage looks fantastic with most of the sets being a screen with images like skyscrapers on them or numbers. The train scene has some excellent visual effects and felt very realistic. One of the few sets that didn't involve a screen was Sam and Molly's apartment which had real props inside like a fridge, chair and the radio which played Sam and Molly's song, Unchained Melody.
Unlike other musicals I have seen, the costumes are simpler as they wear more normal clothes like jeans and t-shirts and suits but this is a lot to do with the setting of the show. The clothes look realistic to the time.
The dancing is brilliant and everyone is always perfectly in time with everyone else. There are quite a few group dances where they are the only focus on the stage.
Ghost was a brilliant musical that exceeded my expectations. It is currently on tour around the UK and I would recommend it whether you've seen the film or not. One day I may watch the film myself.
Summary: a great musical