Reviewed by Lorna Templeton
It’s always a challenge to bring a much-loved film to the stage, and particularly when it’s being transformed into a musical. The stage version of Ghost – The Musical has been around for a few years now but the new 2019 reimagining by Bill Kenwright has taken it to a whole new level.
The staging is beautiful and creative, with the wonderful Manhattan skyline always in view. The sets move dynamically and seamlessly around the compact but effective cast. The King’s Theatre in Glasgow is a perfect venue, big enough to hold the set but with enough character and atmosphere to really feel part of the show.
Rebekah Lowings is simply stunning as Molly. Her vocals are incredible and you can feel her anguish as she struggles to deal with her loss. “With You” is a gorgeous song, perfectly sung, which deserves to become known as a musical theatre classic. Niall Sheehy is also fantastic as Sam, with his performance of the famous Unchained Melody a real highlight. Jacqui Dubois is a fantastic Oda Mae, injecting her own personality and humour into the iconic role.
The choreography is clever and executed well. The underground ghost scenes are especially appealing.
The story has been subtly updated to appeal to modern audiences (no mobile phones or selfies back in 1990!) but this doesn’t jar at all, a testament to the timeless nature of the story being told.
One of the best new musicals of recent years, this production is fantastic and a wonderfully moving and entertaining night out.
Tickets cost from £13 to £51.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Ghost – The Musical is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 25-30 March 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/kings or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648