“Ghost The Musical” is at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts from Aug. 12-17, 2014.
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 | 1:33 p.m.
The blockbuster-hit movie “Ghost” from 1990 is one of Hollywood’s most unforgettable productions. Made for $22 million, it went on to gross more than $500 million and is one of the 100 biggest box office films of all time.
“Ghost,” nominated for five Academy Awards, brought new meaning to the art and skills of pottery and starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and the comedic talents of Whoopi Goldberg, who won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown.
Now comes “Ghost The Musical” adapted from the film opening at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts tonight for eight performances through Sunday. Set in modern-day New York City, the show is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.
Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, whom he learns is in danger.
With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hopes of protecting her. Steven Douglas and Kate Postonik star as the loving duo who definitely re-creates the erotic potter’s wheel scene.
Employing special effects never-before-seen in an onstage musical, “Ghost” features illusions that continually leave audiences astonished and questioning if what they just saw was real.
Sam, as a ghost, walks through a solid door. Inanimate objects take on a life of their own. Spirits ascend to the heavens, subway passengers are thrown in the air during a high-speed train ride, and people disappear and reappear.
“Ghost The Musical” is directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (“Matilda,” “God of Carnage,” “The Norman Conquests,” “Boeing-Boeing”) and choreographed by Ashley Wallen (“The X Factor”, Kylie Minogue, Seal, Madonna’s film “We”).
The musical features book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin (“Jacob’s Ladder,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife”) who has adapted his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for the stage, and original music and lyrics by a team of Grammy Award winners including Dave Stewart (half of the multi-Grammy Award-winning Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”).
The score also includes the iconic song “Unchained Melody,” written by Hy Zaret and Alex North and famously performed in the film by The Righteous Brothers. Stage and movie illusionist Paul Kieve, who is credited for the magic of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” created the illusions.
The performances this week here mark the end of the nearly yearlong national tour after West End and Broadway runs. Don’t miss the music or the show’s haunting romance because this is theater at its very “magical” best.
“Ghost The Musical” is at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts from tonight through Sunday.
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