Even without its star this musical shines
It’s a daunting task to turn an award winning film into a stage musical. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. In the case of Ghost the musical director Bob Tomson has achieved almost the impossible in a production that borders on brilliance.
It’s a seamless production with a small cast that moves quickly and artistically creates with clever direction, lighting and moving scenic trucks the special effects of walking through walls, moving objects and the spiritual ethos of the Ghost, despite its romantic overtones has an underlying dark side to it and Tomson’s production skilfully handles the death and aftermath in it in a slick and clever way moving it quickly to the lighter side of the story and into the comedic side of it.
The story stays true to the film with Molly and Sam walking back to their apartment one late one night when tragedy strikes and Sam is murdered leaving his wife Molly utterly devastated and alone. But with the help of a phoney s psychic, Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger.
Andy Moss as Sam is powerful yet creates an amazing tenderness in his scenes with Molly in total contrast to his comedic scenes with Oda Mae, the psychic.
Understudy for Sarah Harding, who did not appear on Monday evening’s Press Night, Kelly Hampson was perfect in every way as Molly between her and Sam there was chemistry and charisma that shone through their performance especially in the vocals.
But it was Jacqui Dubois who stole the show as Oda Mae her performance was just pure gold in every way. She added the comic relief to the plot in such a masterly way and really had the characterization spot on without being over the top.
Runs until November 19 at The Grand Theatre Leeds