Ghost, The Musical Review Round-Up

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The talk on twitter is eerily positive, but the critics have a different take of the new musical adaptation of “Ghost.” It appears that Ghost, The Musical has more wrong with it than a technical glitch that closed the curtain for nearly half an hour on the night that many reviewers saw the production. It seems the show is too flashy and lacks the intimacy that made the movie version so special.

Ghost is an adaptation of the 1990 movie about a righteous banker, Sam, who becomes a ghost after being murdered by a thief hired by a supposed friend and colleague. He eventually finds supernatural means in which to communicate with his surviving girlfriend and to inflict havoc on those who pose danger to her.

Ghost has a book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, who actually won the Oscar for the movie’s screenplay. He remains faithful to the film, often to the show’s detriment. The actors are forced to mimic winning performances, and unfortunately, they just don’t match up. Even Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who is labeled as the show’s savior by most reviews, fails to live up to Whoopi Goldberg’s performance in the film.

Here’s our review Round-up:

Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy reprise their starring roles as Sam and Molly, which they originated in the West End production of the show.  Da’Vine Joy Randolph plays unexpected psychic Oda Mae Brown and Bryce Pinkham plays Carl Bruner.

Ghost The Musical is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus and choreographed by Ashley Wallen. With an original score by Dave Stewart (half of the multi-Grammy Award winning Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard, with a book by Bruce Joel Rubin, who has adapted his Academy Award winning original screenplay for the stage.  The score also includes “Unchained Melody,” notably performed in the film by The Righteous Brothers.

Set and costume designs are by Rob Howell, with musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Bobby Aitken, and projection design by Jon Driscoll.