Ghost The Musical Review

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I had the pleasure of attending the opening night performance of PNC Broadway in Louisville’s newest season offering – Ghost The Musical last night.  There have been a lot of popular movies turned into Broadway Stage Shows lately, and this one was here to please! Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.

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The musical, like the famous Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze movie, is set in modern day New York City.  In a nutshell, the storyline follows Sam and Molly, a young couple in love.  Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hopes of saving and protecting her. 

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I was interested to see how exactly certain special effects could be achieved on a stage, rather than in a high-tech movie.  But, this production did a fantastic job of having what looked like real ghosts on the stage.  Bathed in white lights, and able to float through the air at times, the cast of assorted ghostly figures was very believable.  They use a large screen of sorts that has all sorts of cool visual effects and laser images on it, as well as bright strobe lights to fool the eye.

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Both Steven Douglas (Sam) and Katie Postotnik (Molly) do a great job of pulling us into their real love for each other’s characters!  Their vocals soar on new pop tunes as well as classics, such as Unchained Melody.  Carla Stewart (Oda Mae) is hilariously funny as the Psychic trying to help Sam.  She kept us laughing throughout the entire show.  The entire cast had some amazing dance skills, performing numbers that were technically difficult while staying in their ghostly forms!  And, the famous pottery scene is there just as one might expect! 

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Ghost The Musical has been enjoyed by over 1 million people worldwide and has been nominated for numerous awards including five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards. The Associated Press calls Ghost The Musical “Eye-poppingly brilliant” while Variety assures the audience will experience “A limitless array of dazzling effects.” Newsday promises that Ghost The Musical is “Unlike anything seen on stage before” and the Daily Telegraph says that Ghost The Musical “Will keep you gasping!”

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in 1990, Ghost became a blockbuster hit and an instant classic, winning numerous awards worldwide. The film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin’s script won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown.

The show runs through Sunday, March 16th at the Kentucky Center for the Arts Whitney Hall.  Tickets start at $25 and the show runs about 2 hrs. and 15 mins.  For more ticket information, click here