Ghost – UK Tour
Even to this day there’s not many films that even grace the amount of emotions poured into one motion picture than Ghost. The 1990 classic was an interesting move from Jerry Zucker to direct; he came off the back of comedy classics such as The Naked Gun and Airplane! With Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg heading an almighty cast this was destined to be a timeless classic. Moving a Hollywood blockbuster to the theatre stage is a task that could only please or divide fans, but Ghost The Musical has proven to be a strong example of how to do that properly.
Ghost The Musical features the talents of Andy Moss (Sam), Carolyn Maitland (Molly), Jacqui Dubois (Oda Mae) and Sam Ferriday (Carl). These are incredibly accomplished people who are out to prove their worth. The music and lyrics are done by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and the award winning Glen Ballard, so there’s no worries there! Zucker’s masterpiece is also enlightened by the show’s unique use of illusions and choreography. So, were the die hard fans in for a treat at the Liverpool Empire?
I can tell you now… they were indeed! The acting was absolutely perfect. If you have watched the film, you would appreciate even more. Andy Moss delivers a stunning emotionally charged performance – clearly the role means so much to him personally and to watch an actor give 120% in such a way adds a further element to the show.
The chemistry is unbreakable with each character perfected quite close to the film. Carolyn Maitland plays Molly beautifully – she is endearing, likeable and her angelic vocals complete a perfect performance.
Jacqui Dubois delivers a masterclass as Oda Mae – hilarious from start to finish. A welcome comic relief from some of the more serious parts of the show but also an incredible talent. Sam Ferriday slipped into the twisted mind of Carl exceptionally well too – his presence always eerie. A most enjoyable performance.
Everything from the streets of Brooklyn to the subway train is superbly done, and from a technical perspective this show is a triumph.
The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” is, of course, consistently referenced without being overused. In fact everything you know about Ghost is in without being overplayed. The show has achieved the fine and difficult balance that has seen other versions of it fall.
There were other notable performances as a committed company form the glue of the overall production. The Subway scene is an outstanding highlight. Garry Lee Netley is so strong in the part of Subway Ghost and is deserving of a company mention.
Ghost The Musical has tremendous strength when it comes to putting on a unique show with it’s acting, beautiful orchestrated songs and smart illusion effects.
This has been a high profile tour since day one and not always with the best of headlines, but this production of Ghost has found it’s sweet spot and audience members will be delighted across the remainder of the tour.
Ghost plays the Liverpool Empire until Saturday 15th April. To book tickets click here to go direct to ATG Tickets.