Following its success in London’s West End at the Piccadilly Theatre, Ghost the Musical is set to open on Broadway in 2012. The musical, based on the 1990 smash-hit movie of the same name has set a Broadway date for 23rd April of next year and will take the place of the Adaams Family musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City.
Ghost first appeared on the stage in Manchester for a limited six-week run before opening in London on 22nd June 2011 to great reviews for its incredible special-effects and soul-touching ballads. The story follows a young couple called Sam and Molly, who were played by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in the film version. After Sam is murdered following a mugging outside his New York apartment, he finds himself trapped between this world and the next, desperately trying to warn Molly of the dangers of his murderer with the help of ‘psychic’ Oda Mae Brown. Oda Mae was played by Whoopi Goldberg in the movie which earned her an Academy Award.
The West End stage version features Richard Fleeshman as Sam, Caissie Levy as Molly and Sharon D. Clarke as Oda Mae. The casting for the New York production however, has not yet been announced. Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus who staged the London show of Ghost will cross the pond to work on the Broadway show alongside the original London design team.
Ghost the Musical features music and lyrics by Grammy Award winners Glen Ballard and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and was adapted from the 1990 film for the stage by Oscar-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin., who also contributed towards lyrics. The show opens with previews from March 2012.
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Peter Andre is to take to the London stage in new musical Ghost for British charity Children In Need. For a one-off performance, the ex-husband of former glamour model Katie Price will perform the role that Patrick Swayze made famous in the 1990 movie version of the same name, which will mark his debut on the West End stage. Children In Need will be aired this November and Andre’s performance in the smash-hit musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London will be filmed and televised for the charity show.
Ghost tells the supernatural tale of a ghost trapped between the mortal and the immortal worlds, who tries to contact his girlfriend on Earth to warn her of the man who murdered him. In 1990 the film won a couple of Academy Awards and starred the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. Since it has been adapted to the stage for London in mid-2011, Ghost the Musical has received excellent reviews for its spine-tingling music and incredible visual effects, and is set to hop the pond to Broadway in April 2012. The role of Sam, who Peter Andre will be playing, is usually played by former Coronation Street star, Richard Fleeshman, who will resume the role after Andre’s charity performance. It has not yet been announced just when Andre will take to the stage, but keep a look out for updates here!
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