2-10 September 2016
Reviewed by Sabrina Fancy
Last night I went to see Ghost The Musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. The headliners included Sarah Harding from the pop group Girls Aloud, as Molly and Andy Moss from Hollyoaks as Sam.
This musical based on the critically acclaimed movie Ghost from 1990 which won several awards including being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film.
The story is about two lovers, Sam and Molly whose lives seem perfect until Sam and Molly are mugged in the street and Sam is killed. Now a ghost, Sam is trapped between this world and the afterlife. He discovers he was murdered and that Molly is in grave danger. He finds a medium (with a dodgy past) known as of Oda Mae Brown to help save Molly.
The musical follows the film very closely. Having recently watched the movie, even the wardrobe is similar to the clothing worn in the film!
It was a very touching production and did a fantastic job of not being overly sentimental yet making you feel a myriad of emotions at the same time. I experienced laughter and tears while watching this production and was thoroughly engaged, which I was not expecting as the bar was already set so high given that the film was so successful!
Although this is a musical, songs are not used as frequently as in a typical musical and seem to be slotted in as necessary, not detracting from the storyline. I was not familiar with any of the songs except for Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers. Sarah Harding has an incredible voice, having been in one of the most successful girl bands and Andy Moss was a very convincing in his moving portrayal of Sam.
There are numerous special effects and illusions throughout the production, which was amazing to see and left me in awe. It was completely mesmerizing. In addition, the scenery really made you feel like you were in the city center of New York by the use of high tech computer graphics. This added immensely to the story development and enjoyment.
The standout performance of the evening was Jacqui Dubois who played the medium Oda Mae Brown. She was one of the best actresses I have ever seen on stage and kept everyone laughing and engaged! You could not keep your eyes off her on that stage! She was reminiscent of Whoopi Goldberg who played the role in the film and won an Oscar for her role! I expect great things from Jacqui Dubois in the future.
Overall this is a production that can be enjoyed by all, even if you do not believe in the afterlife. If you are a believer, then this will make the experience all the more special. I was completely engaged throughout and I have been thinking about the performance since. If you are a fan of the film, this is a must see because incredible to see how this incredible film has been this is translated into live theatre so successfully!
The show finished with a well-deserved standing ovation and I saw very few dry eyes in the house. I would highly recommend this performance and the Wimbledon theatre itself is lovely and conveniently located less than a 5 minute walk from Wimbledon Overground/Underground station. The theatre staffs are also very lovely and there is plenty to do in the area. I rate this production a strong 4 out of 5.
Tickets cost from £14.90 to £49.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Ghost The Musical is at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London until 10 September 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7646.
New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1QG | 0844 871 7646