Ghost the Musical
Review by Lauren
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Website Summary: Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.
Review: To be honest, I've never fully seen the movie Ghost. However, I have a subscription to my local theater for most musicals visiting this season and the first one was Ghost, which I went and saw with my mom. In the end, we both did enjoy this adaptation.
I felt that all the actors did a wonderful job in their respective roles. My favorite was probably Oda Mae Brown, the psychic. She added much of the humor and that's one factor in almost any form of entertainment that I appreciate. The actress also has a great voice and Oda Mae's high-energy songs were a lot of fun to listen to.
Ghost is essentially a romance; one that lasts beyond death and is sure to make young couples swoon. However, I like the aspects of the story that deal with other facets of life and death. Therefore, one of my favorite songs and something I keep thinking about is "Focus" which is performed by the Subway Ghost. It's almost like a rap and spoken-word poetry all in one. If you can find it online somewhere, be sure to listen. I think I'll have to do that soon myself. I have to say though that this part was not my mom's favorite as she found it a bit odd and confusing.
The main thing that I loved about this musical was the special effects. They used some version of a screen or video (I don't know how it worked exactly) to make things appear that were not actually occurring on stage. For example, the character of Sam eventually finds himself able to go through walls, and with these effects, it looks like Sam is pushing himself through a door. I thought these effects made it much more of a movie-experience and it simply added to the story.
Overall, this is a musical that I did find rather enjoyable and I'm glad I had the chance to see it. Would I pay to see it again? Probably not for awhile, as it didn't automatically make my favorite's list.