Ghost the Musical
|Rebecca Trehearne & Stewart Clarke|
Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes
Review by Mhairi Greer
Ghost is a timeless love story that is known worldwide. Ghost the Musical takes the soul of the original film and brings it to heart wrenching life on stage with stunning special effects. Stewart Clarke and Rebecca Trehearn capture the love, passion and joy of Sam and Molly as they move into their new apartment overlooking the busy streets of New York. Their beautiful portrayal of the couple makes the inevitable even more upsetting.
As Sam tries to come to terms with his new existence as a spirit, Molly is left mourning the loss of her partner, which is felt in emotional songs performed exquisitely by Jenson. Although ultimately a sad love story, the interactions between Sam and Oda Mae Brown (Played at this performance by Karlene Wray) are brilliant, full of funny moments that lighten the mood of the piece. This is especially noticeable in the scenes in Oda Mae's physic shop. Wray also delivers strong vocals during I’m Outta Here.
All the cast excelled in acting and vocals, the show is also supported by the outstanding lighting, special effects and cinematic like backdrops, which helped to create the hustle and bustle of New York. Paul Kieve's illusions certainly leave the audience guessing. The scene with the subway ghost (Stevie Hutchison) fighting Sam is a particularly amazing experience and wowed the audience.
The only tiny chink in this glimmering show's armour is that although the songs complemented the show and captured the character’s emotions, they did not leave a strong impression, with the exception of the unforgettable signature song, Unchained Melody. That said, Ghost the Musical is a superb show offering a true love story that evokes the audiences’ every emotion. Sam and Molly's tearful reunion in the finale ensures there's not a dry eye in the house.
Five stars ✭✭✭✭✭