'Ghost the Musical' to head to Broadway this spring. Can it do the movie justice?


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A piece of advice to all movie execs hell-bent on re-making beloved Patrick Swayze movies: Make them into a Broadway musicals instead! There’s no way that the news of the musical version of Ghost, which has been playing to good reviews at London’s West End and is headed to the Great White Way this spring, will upset people even half as much as the idea of an upcoming Dirty Dancing big-screen reboot did. On film, the role of the slain Sam Wheat will forever belong to Swayze, but on stage, the part can be given new life, without taking away from the magic of one of the greatest tearjerkers of all-time.

Starting with previews in March of next year, Ghost the Musical is set to open at New York City’s Nederlander Theater in April. But, if you still find yourself rolling your eyes at the concept (I’m personally kind of intrigued by the possibility of a “Get Off My Train!” number and wonder how they’ll pull off those creepy soul-grabbing ghouls that take Carl to his rightful place), it’s fair to say the show has, at least, landed in good hands. Directed by Tony-winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), the show has music and lyrics courtesy of Dave Stewart (the non-Annie Lennox half of the Eurythmics), Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill), and Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote the original Oscar-winning screenplay for Ghost.

While Ghost the Musical features all original songs, there is still an homage to The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” because, honestly, how could there not be?! (However, no word regarding any renditions of “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am” in the show. Consider yourself lucky, Oda Mae Brown!) Check out the preview from the UK production below:

Thoughts, PopWatchers? Do you think Ghost will make for a good movie-turned-musical, ├á la Sister Act and Catch Me If You Can? Can it even begin to do the classic romance justice or should they have just left it as is? Is it weird seeing Molly with long hair? Are you at least glad to see there’s still some sexy pottery going on? Ditto. Share your feelings on Ghost the Musical in the comments section below.

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  • Seth

    I love Broadway musicals, so I hope this is good.

  • ceebee

    On paper – the idea didn’t sound too good….after seeing the preview – I’m intrigued and would definitely buy a ticket!! ;-)

  • lebeau

    By what definition is Ghost considered a classic? It’s not just cheese. It’s Velveta. They can do whatever they want with it!

    • AK

      Well, it managed to score a Best Picture nomination (what?! I know), so there’s that.

    • Elysia

      Oh boy. Talk about cheese. The train sequence indeed looks good, but the songs make me want to vom. I’ll def be skipping this.

  • mark

    The release actually says it will play in a Nederlander Theater not the actual Nederlander Theatre, which is a possibility, but not confirmed. I bet it goes to the Lunt-Fontanne after Adams Family fianlly fizzles in January.

  • rsnation

    Yes, Ghost is cheesy, but it’s classic cheese! I found the new that it was being turned into a musical upsetting before I watched the trailer. By the end I had tears streaming down my face. Of course, I’ve always been easy…All I know is I’ll be there.

  • Tmills

    I saw the musical in London this summer, and it is the best show I have seen in a very long time! I think it will find it’s place on Broadway and be a hit!

  • chloe

    Saw it in London a few weeks ago. It was better than I thought it would be. The staging and effects are like nothing I’ve ever seen before on stage. The music is okay – a couple of great songs, a few okay songs and a couple of lousy songs. They’ll need to work on that a little. The script was written by the guy who wrote the movie which may have been a mistake. The lines are almost exactly the same, so no surprises or fresh takes on anything. You can almost repeat the lines along with the actors. They really need to step back a little and throw in some fresh dialogue.

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