by Mari, New York Guest Travel Planner
Based on the 1990 film that has set the bar for romantic dramas since, Ghost the Musical is a story about a man’s obligation to warn his lover of the sordid details surrounding his murder and his perseverance to say goodbye to the soul mate he left behind.
The show opens with a kaleidoscope of colors and images set upon a stage backdrop that wouldn’t be out of place in a Cirque du Soleil production, or in other words, electric and exhilarating. As the audience is introduced to the two stars’ deep romance, they also become immersed in the hustle and bustle of New York City, opening the scene in a “fixer upper” loft that only two lovebirds could truly call home. Shortly after, Sam, played by the heartthrob Richard Fleeshman, is murdered and the audience is taken along on his after-life quest to find out who the murderer is and protect his true love, Molly, played by the breathtaking Cassie Levy.
Though first timers won’t recognize most of the songs, Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard do an excellent job with several unforgettable ballads that I wanted the recordings of as soon as I walked out of the theater. And of course, everyone’s favorite, “Unchained Melody” is included. Though the version is done completely differently than the Righteous Brothers’ version that was included in the film and which became synonymous with the movie itself, Richard Fleeshman’s acoustic version is one that evokes just as much emotion. Though the storyline is a serious one, there are several memorable comedic moments. The real comedic relief comes with Oda Mae Brown’s character, played by the uproarious Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who illuminates the stage with her grandeur and larger-than-life lines.
Finally, the set design is something that audience members will remember and are guaranteed to rave about amongst friends. Paul Kieve and Jon Driscoll, the masterminds behind the projection and illusions used on stage, have done an excellent job of creating a set unlike any other Broadway show before. Many of the effects used will have the audience wondering, “How did they do that?” and in awe of the lighting and projections that make the classic love story feel current.
By the end of the show it was easy to see that Ghost would be a popular show amongst a variety of audience members, from the original Ghost fans that want to relive the moving love story, to those looking for a set production they would remember for years to come. Ghost the Musical has plenty to keep both the old and young entertained, and is a refreshing take on a classic movie which pays homage to the original without trying to compete.
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