Who knew blockbuster was spelled G_h_o_s_t?
Bruce Joel Rubin (book & lyrics) has adapted his Academy Award winning film into “Ghost the Musical,” in the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre for what may prove to be a very long run. (See videos from the show at www.ghostonbroadway.com.)
“Ghost the Musical” merges the cinematic with the dramatic into a spectacular spindrift of song, dance and romance. Matthew Warchus helms a musical play with many moving parts all of which contribute to the atmosphere of other-worldly excitement. The visual tricks (Illusions by Paul Kieve and Video & Projections by Jon Driscoll in a prodcution designed by Rob Howell) will convince the greatest cynic that there are ghosts among us. Ashley Wallen’s dynamic choreography, with additional movement sequences by Liam Steel keep up the pace and tension in “Ghost the Musical” even for those of us who have seen the iconic movie.
Like the movie’s plot, “Ghost the Musical” is a simple romantic fantasy. After he is murdered in what looks like a street robbery gone bad, Sam Wheat (Richard Fleeshman) can find no peace until he makes an honest psychic out of the con woman Oda Mae Brown (Da’Vine Joy Randolph). In “Ghost the Musical,” Sam comes to rely on Oda Mae to keep his girlfriend, Molly Jensen (Caissie Levy) out of harm’s way and to avenge his untimely death.
Whoopi Goldberg’s fans won’t be disappointed in Randolph’s sassy Oda Mae, who turns out to have a gift for leading souls to their rest. Randolph is a triple threat star, acting, singing and dancing; her Oda Mae has swagger and vulnerability as she reluctantly befriends Sam’s ghost.
Fleeshman develops his character well showing first Sam’s bewilderment at what has happened to him, and then his tenacity at making things right. Carl Bruner (Bryce Pinkham), Sam’s colleague who hits on Molly a little too soon, is swarmy and appropriately a little creepy. Levy and Fleeshman are pretty to watch adding the heat to this love story.
Even the technical glitch that held up the conclusion in act two at the preview performance this reviewer attended kept everyone in their seats. It was taken as a time to talk amongst ourselves and wait patiently.
Please visit www.ghostonbroadway.com for tickets and to learn more about the show.