The movie Ghost was released in 1990 starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg.
With the success of the film, it was turned into a musical. Academy Award winner Bruce Joel Rubin wrote the book and lyrics. The original music and lyrics are by Grammy Award-winners Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody”, the iconic song which appeared in movie release is included in the score.
It’s set in New York City walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen are mugged, leaving Sam dead on a dark street.
Sam becomes trapped as a ghost unable to leave this world because he learns Molly is in danger. With the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of protecting her.
Starring in the Australian production is Jemma Rix (Molly Jensen) and Rob Mills (Sam Wheat). David Roberts performs as Carl Bruner and British theatrical and television actress Wendy Mae Brown stars as Ode Mae Brown.
Other cast members include Ross Chisari, David Dennis, Nicholas Eaton, Xander Ellis, Simon Fairweather, Samantha Hagen, Chidi Mbakwe, Joshua Mulheran, Justine Puy, Elenoa Rokobaro, Monique Salle, Drew Weston and direct from the US and Asian productions Lydia Warr and Evette White.
Never seen in an on-stage musical it features an array of special effects and illusions – Sam as a ghost walking through a solid door and people disappearing and reappearing right before your eyes.
Ghost The Musical is being staged at the Regent Theatre from 5 February to 13 March. After the Melbourne season, it will be performed at Theatre Royal in Sydney from 18 March until 15 May. A season will follow in Perth at the Crown Theatre from 21 May to 12 June.
For further information about Ghost The Musical visit the website here.