I remember Ghost the film coming out when I was still at school. I remember everyone talking about it around me and swooning over the late Patrick Swayze, who played the lead role of Sam. At the time ‘Ghost’ the film won multi prestige awards including an Oscar, a Bafta and two Golden Globe awards. Gossing £505 million at the box office after only costing $22 million to produce. You could say the film was a big hit!
Eventually, the film was turned into a musical making its debut in the Palace Theatre in Manchester eight years ago at the same venue which I visited last night. To then go on to Broadway and eventually a European and World tour which now has multiple productions worldwide.
Last night Ghost the musical returned to the Palace Theatre for a brand new tour and cast. Excited by the reviews and hype around the musical I had been looking forward to seeing this for a while. The main characters Molly (Rebekah Lowings) and Sam (Niall Sheehy) both have
One of the striking things about this production is the set design. Mark Bailey, I loved your ideas! Particularly in scenes where the actors were taken to heaven or hell. The sets opened up and closed and dragged people in depending on if they were good or bad. I loved the train station set very clever and quirky and the fast pace on how the sets interchanged. This has to be one of my favourites!
One of the scenes the most iconic scenes in the movie is the Pottery scene where Molly and Sam make pottery together to the famous unchained melody score. I felt this production didn’t really do the scene any justice as the scene was done more as a comedy act, not as a highly sexually charged and romantic scene like the film. Shame really! As the original score was nominated for an Oscar back in 1990.
A breath of fresh air for me was the
A wonderful orchestra conducted by Leigh Thompson although sometimes they did over power the cast slightly.
Other stand out performances were Carl (Sergio Pasquariello) who played the perfect beliveable villian.
Other highlights were the lighting of the show, I loved the way they
An all-rounder good night out for me, good performances, beautiful set with the New York skylines and some strong performances from Rebekah, Niall, Sergio and particularly Jacqui who played Oda Mae who was the star of the show for me!
Its on until Saturday 20th April 2019
Get your tickets: HERE