Sunday, May 26

Ghost the Musical – George Lawton Hall

Ghost first premiered just down the road in Manchester back in 2011 and is based on the hit 1990 film written by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore alongside Whoopi Goldberg. The movies transition began its journey to the stage in 2008 as detailed by Bruce Joel Rubin in a revealing 2021 interview with North West End UK which you can see HERE.

Following its sold-out run in Manchester a transfer to the West End followed and subsequently Broadway. Australia and Asia tours followed and subsequently a UK tour followed. Now produced by Bill Kenwright LTD, the show starts a new UK tour later this year.

The original production was lauded for its technical innovations, showcasing mind-blowing illusions and changing the face of musical theatre forever. The latest version of the show about to go on tour once more has been condemned by original fans of the show for the distinct lack of technical elements, even branded cheap!

Mossley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (MAODS) for me have tonight reaffirmed my love for this show which once again showcases the technical elements that made this show such a fan favourite.  A large video wall dominates the stage transitioning between the scenes to match the fast pace of the show designed by Jon Hall and Tom Maurice.

Where this show shines is in its principal casting. John Dean and Katherine Farrow play lovers Sam and Molly, their chemistry is electric and vocals stunning. Farrow’s performance of ‘With You’ being a particular highlight of the evening.

Sam Maurice is pleasingly menacing as drug dealer Carl Bruner.

Ochi Odey steals the show as the larger-than-life phoney psychic Oda Mae Brown with a voice as big as her character. You literally couldn’t take your eyes off the stage every time Odey stepped upon it. Odey was supported by Niamh Edge and Namumba Kawala as sisters Clara and Louise, all comedically gifted performers.

The principal cast are supported by a large talented ensemble both playing minor roles and executing Molly-Mae France’s modern choreography.  Paul Firth’s 8-piece band playing behind the video wall are a joy to listen to throughout.

Director Ian Bennett, assisted by Samantha Hughes has succeeded in retaining both the visual and emotional elements of this musical and will send many audience members away this week with tears in their eyes.

Fans of this modern musical will love Mossley’s rich interpretation and believe all over again.

Ghost continues at the George Lawton Hall in Mossley until Saturday 27th April. Tickets can be found at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mossleyaods

Reviewer: Paul Downham

Reviewed: 23rd April 2024

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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