Nothing But Culture Review: Ghost the Musical wows at Curve Leicester.
Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved wife Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony storefront psychic Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger…
The movie GHOST has proven to be one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits. Starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg it was the highest grossing film of 1990 and won an Oscar for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin who has adapted his screenplay for this musical. The movie and the musical feature The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody alongside many more terrific songs co-written by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart.
Our verdict: Niall Sheehy and Rebekah Lowings make a fantastic and dynamic partnership in Mollie in Sam, with Niall in particular standing out as an exceptional talent. Great care and attention have been paid to this west-end standard production, to ensure it pays respect and homage to the classic movie whilst achieving a contemporary freshness.
Some brilliant trickery ensure the audience is completely captivated in the relationship between Mollie and her deceased soulmate Sam, and their scenes brought genuine tears to our eyes several times as the heartbreaking story played out.
Much like the film, the psychic Oda was another stand-out character, played brilliantly here by Jacqui Dubois who provided the much needed light relief and almost stole the show!
There were plenty of ensemble songs here with some brilliant tunes, which is not surprising given they were written by Dave Stewart. Of course, the stand-out number (and scene) was THAT potters wheel scene, which featured an outstanding rendition of Unchained Melody performed by Sheehy.
Whether you’ve seen the film or not, Ghost the Musical is well worth a watch. It’s not easy to breathe new life into a classic film and make it work on stage, but we were blown away by the results here. Ghost the Musical plays at Curve Leicester until Saturday. Tickets: curveonline.co.uk