“ Pop star Peter Andre and Caissie Levy (Molly) recreate the famous pottery scene to highlight the work of the BBC charity Children in Need. This unique project is giving renowned celebrities from the music sphere the chance to perform a hit song from a top show, to take place in September to help raise vital funds for children and young people here in the UK. Others taking part include Stacey Solomon (Wicked), Mel C (We Will Rock You) and the Sugababes (Mamma Mia!). Peter said earlier: "I was so impressed when I went to see GHOST the MUSICAL. It was one of the best shows I've ever seen. So when I was approached by the BBC to get involved with Children in Need, I jumped at the chance. The cast are great so it'll be so much fun working with them and raising money for an amazing cause all at the same time." „
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This London West End stage musical is a spectacle - well in the second half. Wow, what a buzz. But I better tell you something of the plot of 'Ghost' so that you know what I'm buzzing on about!
I went to see this at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. I was in the Royal Circle (dress circle) and the view was of the whole stage without any pillars or posts. They are fantastic seats but now the very poorly rated 'Viva Forever' is currently being performed here. 'Ghost The Musical' is currently on tour and you can find details online for venue/performance times.
'Ghost' started off as a film way back in 1990. The lead male, film star, was the rather 'hunky' (a word we used in the nineties) Patrick Swayze. He can sway with me anytime! He plays Sam and the female lead, Mollie, is played by Demi Moore. It is a hit film and finally someone has the sense to convert it into the musical theatre production that I am fortunate to have seen in London's West End.
Lovers Sam and Molly are living together. Sam is a Wall Street banker. Nice guy, Sam, is shot dead in an apparent impulsive mugging. Sam becomes the ghost which the title refers to. This isn't a spoiler as this happens very early on. Sam has to understand he is a ghost, realise there is more to his murder than meets the eyes, and seeing that his Molly is in serious danger, take action. He should go to the heavenly light but he battles to stay to protect the woman he loves.
The only way Sam can fully communicate is through the wonderfully, laugh-out-loud, funny and reluctant, psychic. In the film version the psychic, Ode Mae Brown is played by Whoopi Goldberg.
I shall say no more about the plot. My lips are sealed.
Sharon D Clarke as Clarke
Richard Fleeshman as Sam
Caissie Levy as Molly
The cast, from 13 January 2012
Siobhan Dillon as Molly Jensen
Mark Evans as Sam Wheat
Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown
Andrew Langtree as Carl Bruner
Ivan de Freitas as Willie Lopez
Adebayo Bolaji as Subway Ghost
Mark White as Hospital Ghost
Lisa Davina Phillip as Clara
Jenny Fitzpatrick as Louise
Direct by Matthew Warchus
Music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard
Adapted by Bruce Joel Rubin
Set and costumes designs by Rob Howell
Musical supervisors, Christopher Nightingale and Tesse Gohl
Produced by David Garfinkle and Colin Ingram
In my opinion the best, most entertaining, and clearest spoken member of the cast is Sharon D Clarke who plays the psychic.
The film has a really famous scene with lovers Sam and Molly at a potter's wheel. Clay and potter's wheel do not sound like they are sexy, but believe me between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore it has got love, sex, and phallic-shaped pots, between wet clay, and sensual hands. Whilst they get passionate the famous track, 'Unchained Melody', by the Righteous Brothers, plays in the background. This is a classic film highlight so I couldn't wait to hear that song, in full, on the stage.
Songs written for the stage were sometimes dull but a few, the ones I could hear more clearly, were catchy cool.
This play has serious investment behind it. I went to see the brilliant 'Fiddler on the Roof' in the West End and they had almost no set design at all but this is fancy. We had skyscrapers, moving trains and all sorts. Projected images were used at the sides and back of the stage in spectacular fashion.
In the apartment of Molly and Sam the room looks real. Within it are the newly moved in couple with their friend Carl where they enter into poor and uninteresting dialogue. There is a radio in the background that plays a bit of 'Unchained Melody'. So this is when my excitement is raised but here comes my big gripe. We never get the famous song from beginning to end. It is too brief. I mean, come on, what's that about? If anyone can furnish me with the answer as to why the sexiest, most romantic scene, and song, doesn't get played through please comment.
There are things that happen on the stage that will make you suck in your breath with wonder. Maybe you'll applaud, but by gum, this theatre show has to be the best and most modern of special effects I have ever seen on stage. I got tricked time and again, and wow, that train scene will amaze you. This is high-tech usage at its best.
Why do theatres feel the need to turn up the volume so high? It meant that the words, written specifically for the stage, are drowned out. The tone of the music becomes, at times, just a loud noise. I also felt that some of the singers were screaming not singing. I won't name and shame but what a shame!
The second part, after the interval, was much more exciting, and engaging, than the first half. It really got going with the special effects as some of the early scenes nearly lost my attention. The real reason I didn't lose focus, in that first half, was because I was waiting for the famous love and 'Unchained Melody' scene. Humph to that!
Take your tissues. I worked so hard not to cry. I was really pleased with my effort. Especially when I could hear lots of people around me sniffing but, as the play reached the climax, there was a rather a strange feeling in my throat and my eyes were welling up. I was losing the battle to remain stoic. I rubbed an eye and, oh dear, I had joined the rest of the romantic cry babies. Tears were streaming down my face.
Love, laughter, spectacular illusions (not enough Unchained Melody - can't quite let that go) and awe, were some of the emotions I went through. Ghost the musical is a thrilling experience (in the second half) but the music was over-amplified, dialogue poor, and some actors like to scream instead of sing. It's the ghost story and special effects that win the day. Without it this musical would be quite bad!
Having loved the film (yes, it can be cheesy) I went to the theatrical musical with high expectations of plot (which was close to the film, but left out the whole of the big scene - I know I'll shut up now!) My expectations were disappointed but the musical was saved by the illusions. It was, despite my gripes, a thoroughly good night out. It's not the best musical I have seen but the stage special effects are the best.
'Oh, my love, my darling...'
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.
When my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday back in April I mentioned tickets to Ghost the Musical would be lovely. I had heard from friends that it was a good show and I was excited to see it as I really enjoyed the movie and was wanting to see how they would turn it into a musical. My husband wasn't that excited about seeing it although he does like musicals but he did his dutiful bit and came with me. He bought tickets for £50 each although I know there are tickets available Monday to Thursday for only £25 each which I think is a really good deal for a London show.
The show is on at The Piccadilly theatre which is in the heart of theatre land. It's quite a small theatre and there is only seating on the floor, there are no balconies or anything like that so every seat was a good one. In fact I found the seats quite large and very comfortable.
Well, how would I describe this musical? I would call it more of a show than your classical London all singing all dancing musical. Even though there were quite a few musical numbers none of them could really be called classics or really memorable songs like you have in The Phantom or the Lion King for example. Most of the songs were just sung between the two lead characters to each other, even though the male is now a ghost. The lead girl, Molly, had a really nice voice so she was nice to listen to though. I would say the best song that was quite a production with a lot of participants, extras etc was the song sung by the medium, Oda Mae, whose part was played by Whoppi Goldberg in the movie. She was excellent and really brought the part to life and was very funny also.
There was quite a lot of acting in this musical as opposed to actual musical numbers as they had quite a story to tell so that's why I would also call it more of a play. I have to say that the American accents were a bit questionable and I always find it a bit frustrating when You can hear English people trying to speak like an American, it seemed a bit forced.
As we know from the film, the lead male, Sam is shot and killed and so becomes a ghost for most of the musical. I thought they dealt with him being a ghost in a really interesting way and the use of screens and smoke and conveyor belts on stage really help to create a scenario in that he seemed very real and ghost like. The scenes where people got shot and became ghosts were really good too and you could actually see their bodies going off up to heaven or hell, a very clever trick.
The musical was in two parts with a short break I between and lasted about two and a half hours in total which I found to be just the right length, anymore and I think it could of got boring but it was just right.
All in all I would call this an enjoyable evenings entertainment and I probably would recommend it to friends although I would never call it a classic musical and I wouldn't rush back any time soon to see it.
This brand new musical adaptation of the famous Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg film has recently premiered in London after a short preview run in Manchester. It is showing at the Piccadilly Theatre which is conveniently located just behind Piccadilly Circus, and is the theatre which most recently had Grease as its resident. It's a fairly pleasant medium sized theatre in the West End and the stall seat where I was sat offered good legroom and comfort. Now onto the show.....
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.