The new musical based on the popular film of the same name arrives on Broadway.
What Is the Story of Ghost?
Banker Sam Wheat and artist Molly Jensen are young New Yorkers who are very much in love. While walking home to their apartment one night the couple gets mugged, and Sam is shot and killed. Trapped in this world as a ghost, Sam learns the truth behind his murder, and that Molly is in grave danger. As he follows the man who killed him to try and find out more, he stumbles on eccentric storefront psychic Oda Mae Brown. Though she’s been a fraud of a medium for years, it turns out she really can hear Sam. She’s reluctant to get involved, but Sam convinces her to help him communicate with Molly and bring down the conspirators who took his life.
What is Ghost Like?
From the moment the opening credits are projected onto the curtain, it's clear that this musical adaptation of the beloved feature film makes great use of high-tech, cinematic elements. These stage illusions—ghost Sam walks through doors, spirits and bodies instantly separate into two beings—make this show a seriously supernatural experience. Projection is used for everything from basic backdrops and scene-setting to back up for a music video-style number by Oda Mae. A driving score by bona fide rock/pop stars Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”), keeps the drama high and the ballads tear-jerking. Yes, “Unchained Melody” makes an appearance.
Is Ghost Good for Kids?
Things between Sam and Molly get pretty racy on stage, but the love scenes aren’t any more graphic that those you’d find on basic cable. The body count and some of the themes—betrayal, greed, jealousy, all those murders—are not your usual musical theater fare, but it’s nothing today’s tweens can’t handle.