19-24 September 2016
Reviewed by Catherine Brown
Ghost the musical has recently opened at the New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham and I was pleased to discover the stage version just as moving as the original 1990 film starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayzee.
The story follows Molly (Sarah Harding, formerly of Girls Aloud) and her partner Sam (Andy Moss, well known as Rhys in Hollyoaks) who have recently moved into a New York apartment. Their passionate relationship is shattered when Sam is fatally shot during a robbery. Molly is devastated and turns to their friend Carl for comfort. She is unaware that Sam has become a Ghost; when he realises that the devious Carl was responsible for the robbery he attempts to avenge the murder and protect the love of his life.
Here is where the show really comes alive as Sam looks to use the help of fake medium Oda Mae played brilliantly by Jacqui Dubois. Whoopi Goldberg was awarded an Oscar for her supporting role in the original film and Dubois delivers the same comedy lines which had the audience in fits of laughter. The staging and special effects also work cleverly to convince you that Sam really can walk through walls or cause objects to move without touching them.
The performances of all the actors was outstanding and the songs were both touching and emotional. ‘Unchained Melody’ is the most famous tune which accompanies the famous pottery scene. The tenderness between Sam and Molly when Oda Mae helps them reunite is bitter sweet. Sarah Harding is very different in appearance to the original actress Demi Moore but the connection between her and Moss is very believable. The show follows the plot of the film closely which for me made it an even more enjoyable experience.
‘The Alex’, as it is often known as, is found in the city centre with easy access by car or train. The staff were very welcoming and we enjoyed pre-show drinks in the bar with a talented pianist adding to the relaxed atmosphere. Another bonus is a phone app which can be used to pre-order interval drinks or snacks.
I would highly recommend watching this show for anyone who enjoyed the film or is new to the story. Just remember to take tissues!
Tickets cost from £14.90 to £55.40 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Ghost is at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham until 24 September 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3011.
New Alexandra Theatre, Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS