It’s a mystery why no-one has thought of turning Ghost into a full-blooded musical considering how infectious Unchained Melody is for theatre-goers.
The two things everyone remembers about this, now iconic, show (both the film and the play) is the clay-modelling scene and the Righteous Brothers song (though I’m a big fan of the Elvis interpretation).
Now producer Bill Kenwright has re-imagined the spirited love story for Ghost – The Musical which is touring the UK from August and right into 2017. We, at Stage Review, can’t wait.
The book and lyrics have been written by Bruce Joel Rubin with music by Dave (Eurythmics) Stewart and Glen Ballard and it’s based on Rubin’s original film.
Taking its inspiration from the classic movie, this innovative reimagining will feature an expanded book, new music and original staging.
The double Oscar-winning movie was a huge success story, both critically and at the box office, where it was the highest grossing film of 1990. It starred the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg.
Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved wife Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony store-front psychic Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from danger.
Bill Kenwright said: “Ghost is a story full of hope, and is one of those films which never leaves you. The book by Bruce Joel Rubin and score by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballad come together wonderfully in one of my favourite new musicals in years.”
Bruce Joel Rubin added: “This is a show with such a strong emotional and musical life that it can mould to many visions and interpretations. It can be performed on any scale, and its vibrant heart will still captivate an audience and allows the imagination to flourish.
“It is purely theatrical in the greatest sense. We are very excited by the potential that the new version holds and elated that it will be launched in the US at The Fulton Theatre, then tour the UK with Bill Kenwright”.
TOUR DATES 2016
August 29-September 10, New Theatre Wimbledon
September 12-17, Bristol Hippodrome
September 19–24, Birmingham Alexandra
September 26-October 1, Sunderland Empire
October 3-8, Blackpool Opera House
October 17–22, Cardiff New Theatre
October 24–29, Manchester Palace Theatre
October 31-November 5, Oxford New Theatre
November 14–19, Leeds Grand
November 21–26, Edinburgh Playhouse
November 28-December 3, Theatre Royal Nottingham.
January 30-February 4, Princess Theatre Torquay
February 27-March 4, New Victoria Woking
April 10–15, Liverpool Empire
April 17–22, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.