GHOST's New Booking Period Starts Today
As Ghost The Musical enters its second year, over 250,000 new tickets go on sale today (28 March 2012) taking bookings at the Piccadilly Theatre to 20 April 2013. Having been seen by over 400,000 people, Ghost The Musical is now also playing on Broadway, with further productions planned for Holland in September 2012, Australia and Germany in 2013 and Korea in 2014.
With a London cast led by Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans, Matthew Warchus’ stage musical version of the Academy Award winning film Ghost originally opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2011. Sharon D Clarke (Oda Mae) and Andrew Langtree (Carl) continue in the roles they originated on stage when the production premiered in Manchester on 28 March 2011.
Ghost The Musical is the recipient of five 2012 Laurence Olivier Award nominations – Best New Musical; Best Performance in a supporting role in a Musical, Sharon D. Clarke; Best Set Design, Rob Howell; Best Lighting Design, Hugh Vanstone; and Best Sound design, Bobby Aitken. The show recently won three Whatsonstage.com awards – Best Designer (also for Matilda), Rob Howell; Best Lighting, Hugh Vanstone; and Richard Fleeshman won Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as the production’s original Sam.
The New York production of Ghost The Musical is currently previewing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway with opening night on 23 April 2012. Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy lead the company as Sam and Molly, reprising the roles they created for the production’s world premiere here in the UK.
A timeless story about the power of love, Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with his girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer. Ghost, based on the Oscar winning Paramount Pictures film, features new music and lyrics as well as the classic Unchained Melody.
Ghost The Musical has music and lyrics by Grammy award winning Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard as well as featuring the iconic song Unchained Melody. Oscar winning Bruce Joel Rubin has adapted his original screen play for the stage. Set and costume designs are by Rob Howell, choreography is by Ashley Wallen with musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and projection design by Jon Driscoll.
The cast comprises Siobhan Dillon (Molly Jensen), Mark Evans (Sam Wheat), Sharon D. Clarke (Oda Mae Brown), Andrew Langtree (Carl Bruner), Ivan de Freitas (Willie Lopez), Craig Stein (Subway Ghost), Ashley Knight (Hospital Ghost), Lisa Davina Phillip (Clara) and Jenny Fitzpatrick (Louise). They are joined by ensemble and swing members Paul Ayres, Darren Carnall, Samuel Edwards, Callum Francis, Francesca Hoffman, Louise Lawson, Scott Maurice, Spencer O'Brien, Olivia Phillip, Jennifer Saayeng, Kirstie Skivington, Spencer Stafford, Rebecca Trehearn, Jez Unwin, Amy Webb and Sally Whitehead.
Ghost, the highest grossing film in the UK in 1990, starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Winning two Academy Awards, Bruce Joel Rubin's script won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film's iconic love scene at a potter's wheel was famously performed to The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody.