April 19, 2012

Ghost the Musical on Broadway

Recently, we saw the new musical Ghost on Broadway while it was still in previews in New York (it's also playing in London and coming next year to Melbourne). I of course enjoyed the film and used to watch my VHS copy often growing up, but I'm not typically a fan of movies being turned into Broadway productions. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this show. I even shed a few tears at the end.

The special effects were jaw dropping amazing and were used both for the set and the eerie ghost world. At times we were left saying, how did they do that live? As Broadway.com writes: "These stage illusions—ghost Sam walks through doors, spirits and bodies instantly separate into two beings—make this show a seriously supernatural experience."

Yes, “Unchained Melody” and the clay pottery wheel make an appearance, but not like they did in the movie. Thus, don't expect the same dialogue and scenes from the film.

Although, I enjoyed the performance, I found one or two parts a bit cheesy, like this one rap scene by an angry ghost.

The main male lead though was amazing both as a singer and actor and just like Whoopi Goldberg in the film, the Oda Mae Brown character again steals the show.

Ghost is playing at the The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 46th Street. Tickets range from $57-$188. Click here for ticket information. A limited number of $25 tickets in the first and second rows of the Orchestra will be available through a lottery drawing for each GHOST performance. The lottery will open two and a half hours prior to each performance. Good luck if you try this method, I've entered other show lotteries before and never won, but Raphael has been lucky in the past.  Opening night is April 23. 

PS: Kind of weird that two Whoopi films are now Broadway shows, Ghost and Sister Act. Plus, The Color Purple was also out a few years ago.

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