Ghost The Musical at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford Review

30 April to 4 May 2019

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Reviewed by Helen Noble

An outstanding performance!

This hit musical is based on the film of the same name that starred Patrick Swayze alongside Demi Moore. It has book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin (who wrote the original film), with music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.

Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly is now alone, in total despair and utterly lost. Sam has found himself trapped between this world and the next, he tries to communicate with Molly through a phoney psychic Oda Mae Brown in the hope of saving her from danger.

Starring- Rebekah Lowings as Molly, alongside Niall Sheehy as Sam, Jacqui DuBois as Oda Mae Brown, Sergio Pasquariello as Carl, Jules Brown as Willie Lopez, James Earl Adair as the Hospital Ghost and Lovonne Richards as the Subway Ghost. Jochebel Ohene Maccarthy plays Louise, Sadie-Jean Shirley is Clara, Chanelle Anthony – Ortisha, Josh Andrews – Detective Biederman, Samantha Noel – Officer Wallace, Charlotte-Kate Warren – Mrs Santiago, Kage Douglas – Orlando and Michael Ward – Robert.

The stage is set with a spectacularly beautiful computerised projective screen ‘ OH MY LOVE MY DARLING… I’VE HUNGERED FOR YOUR TOUCH’, Along with the special effects, lighting, and music there are small amounts of traditional scenery which is smoothly interchanged, including the potter’s wheel and backdrops that gives you the real feeling they are in the apartment, at the psychic readings or out on the streets. How does Sam step out from his body? Well believe me I was that busy watching Sam I never noticed! He can also go through doors just like in the film.

Immense singing and acting from all, but especially Rebekah Lowings (Molly) and Niall Sheehy (Sam). As well as not only fabulous acting and singing but side-splitting laughter from Jacqui DuBois who plays Oda Mae Brown down to a fine art. Sat laughing now thinking about it. The background dancing is cleverly done incorporating slow motion effects with fantastic choreography. After the interval beware the second half starts with a bang ‘literally’ and by the end you will have tears in your eyes.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the show, it was an outstanding performance and we would highly recommend it!

The Alhambra is a traditional theatre, the main theatre building is modern with bright lights which not only look fabulous but makes the building easy to find. You are welcomed by friendly smiling staff, who are more than happy to help in whatever way they can. Bag searches were carried out on entry into the main foyer. On the ground floor there is a ticket kiosk and a kiosk for purchasing soft drinks and sweets. On the first floor there is an impressive bar/cafe area, also a merchandise kiosk selling production memorabilia. The venue has disabled parking onsite to the left of the buildings entrance it says no entry but there is a buzzer system to allow entry. There are plenty of carparks within a couple of minutes walking distance from the venue,  one on Sharpe Street which is just up the hill from the Alhambra. If using an NCP car park if you inform the ticket office on arrival, they give you an additional parking ticket to enable a discount on your parking fee.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £16.50 to £41.50 (booking fees may apply).

Ghost The Musical is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 30 April to 4 May 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01274 432000.

Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000

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