by Louise, Community Manager
It’s an exciting time of year on Broadway – over the next two months many new shows will be opening and there is much to look forward to this year! One of the most exciting new arrivals is Ghost the Musical, based on the well-loved 1990 film, direct from its red hot run in London. Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to The Ghostlight Sessions, a special sneak peek event for the show at the Lunt-Fontanne theater.
The Lunt-Fontanne is still under construction for the production which begins preview performances this March, so while we heard several songs from the production we only got a brief peak via video of the London production of some of the breathtaking special effects that we can expect. Producer Colin Ingram, who hosted the event, told us that Teller (of the famous illusionist duo Penn & Teller) came to see the London production and admitted that he could not figure out how many of the illusions were accomplished. I for one cannot wait to see these effects in person – the brief glimpse we got was visually stunning and if they stumped Teller I definitely want to get a closer look!
Mr. Ingram brought out Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote both the screenplay for the movie and the book for the musical, as well as some of the song lyrics. Mr. Rubin admitted that he was at first reluctant to do a musical, but as they began to work on it he became enamored with the idea of reimagining the wonderful love story with a Broadway backdrop, and the addition of two incredibly talented singer/songwriters, Dave Stewart (Here Comes the Rain Again, Underneath it All, Don’t Ask Me Why) and Glen Ballard (Hold On, Ironic, Man in the Mirror) the show really took off – though Mr. Rubin laughingly admitted that very few of his lyrics ended up making it to the final production! Glen Ballard and Dave Stewart were present and accompanying the performers on guitar and keyboard, and joined Colin Ingram to talk about their inspiration for some of the songs in the show and their experience writing it.
We were treated several songs from the production including Here Right Now, which opens the show and is sung joyously by leads Cassie Levy and Richard Fleeshman who starred in the original London production, the haunting and heartbreaking With You sung by Cassie Levy, I’m Outta Here sung by the devine newcomer Da’vine Joy Randolph who is brand new on the Broadway scene and is surely one to watch, and Suspend by Disbelief/I Had a Life which opens the second act of the show. The songs showed the variety of music we can expect with this show but each one of them was moving, catchy and exciting even without the flashy sets and special effects. With You in particular caught my attention, even out of context it was so beautiful and emotional that I felt myself tearing up.
After attending The Ghostlight Sessions I can hardly wait the two months until I get to see the show for the first time, but do you know what the best part is? You don’t even have to take my word for it! The folks at Ghost the Musical love connecting with their audience and so they will be airing The Ghostlight Sessions today (January 24th, 2012) on their Facebook page at 4:30 and 9 PM EST. You can tune in by visiting them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GhostBroadway?sk=app_315979301776005! Then, if you’re as excited as I am, e-mail me at email@example.com to start planning your trip to NYC to see Ghost the Musical. If you’re lucky maybe I’ll let you borrow my Ghost hardhat.