17-22 October 2016
Reviewed by Lee-Anne McCarthy
Ghost the musical had a lot to live up to with the original movie Ghost from 1990 having a cult following that included me. I did wonder if the musical could fill the very big shoes of its silver screen counterpart and live up to the expectation of a die-hard Ghost fan. Here’s how it faired.
Ghost the musical follows the movie storyline completely. As a fan, what a relief. For those unfamiliar Ghost tells the story of a young successful couple Molly and Sam who are just beginning their life’s adventure as a couple in a loft apartment in Brooklyn. However, the happiness is short lived as Sam is senselessly ripped from this life. Instead of heading into the light Sam has some unfinished business here on Earth. He must protect Molly from imminent danger from an unlikely source with an unlikely ally Oda Mae, crook, fraudster and hustler with a heart of gold. Together they watch over a reluctant and sometimes disbelieving Molly until Sam’s work on Earth is done.
Molly was played Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud fame. Her look was a million miles from the polished popstar and she most certainly embodied the average girl Molly was meant to be. Harding’s voice didn’t disappoint. Harding was supported by Andy Moss who played Sam. Moss was incredible. He’s performance was completely effortless. Every second of the show I mesmerised. As a 90’s teen I was a massive Swayze fan and I did wonder if anyone could measure up to the character I already feel in love with. Moss more than measured up he out shone the original as along with being a fantastic actor he had a voice I could get lost in.
Another outstanding performance came from Jacqui Dubois who played the lovable rogue Oda Mae. Within the show Oda Mae adds an element of light hearted comedy. Dubois delivered every line with awesome timing and gesture. So must so there was many a laugh from the audience, mine was most certainly the loudest.
As a musical about the supernatural I was intrigued as to how they would be able to incorporate the spiritual goings on without the magic of cinematography. However, with the use of clever lighting, stage placement and not forgetting the smoke machine it was easy to feel a part of the spiritual world of eerie happenings. This along with the music including the very famous unchained melody brought the story to life.
For those like me who loved the original movie you will not be disappointed by the story’s retelling on stage. For those who’ve never seen the story in any form before you’ll be gripped by the story and mesmerised by the staging and effects. Well worth a watch at the New Theatre.
Tickets cost from £17 to £42.50 (booking fees may apply).
Ghost the musical is at the New Theatre in Cardiff until 22 October 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 029 2087 8889.
New Theatre, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3LN | 029 2087 8889