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I wasn’t going to write about Ghost the Musical. I was embracing the idea of going to see a performance where I didn’t need to make notes throughout. Yet I’ve changed my mind. Ghost the Musical deserves to be written about.
Having only found out I was going to the World Premier five hours before the curtain lifted it’s fair to say my excitement levels were pretty high. I’d seen the preview at the Royal Exchange Theatre last year and interviewed some of the cast and crew so had big expectations.
From the haunting opener ‘Here Right Now’ I relaxed into my seat safe in the knowledge that these were being met. Caissie Levy takes to the role of Molly effortlessly with her vocals offering shivers to the spines of the audience. She’s joined by Richard Fleeshman as Sam and Andrew Langtree as Carl who are both more than capable of pulling off their roles.
Aside from the vocal performances, what really make Ghost the Musical stand out are the special effects and illusions. Although Sam walking through a door appeared a bit underwhelming at first, the techies sorted that out and it genuinely was quite the spectacle.
Perhaps it was Bruce Joel Rubin’s continued involvement that has meant the musical maintains the high standards the film did. With Matthew Warchus ably directing and music and lyrics from the musical geniuses that are Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, the finished product seemed incredibly refined for the first performance.
Sharon D Clarke’s performance as Oda Mae adds real moments of comedy to the show. When she and the ensemble took to the stage for ‘I’m Outta Here’ smiles filled the room with her overall character perfectly tuned to the role.
Of course, the musical has been modernised a bit. I highly doubt Demi and Patrick would’ve been taking photos of themselves on a digital camera and Oda Mae’s most recent account of fraud was in 2004, but with technology being the reason the performance has come to life, it’s only fitting the scenes have been brought to the present day.
So yes, I wasn’t planning on writing anything about Ghost the Musical. In all fairness, I wasn’t planning on watching it until its West End run, but I simply can’t praise it enough. For the World Premiere, I was stunned everything ran seamlessly.
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