Touring – reviewed at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Carolyn Maitland and Andy Moss star in this reimagining of the classic 90’s film. Does it bring the love story to life?
A tale of love, grief and greed, Ghost has captured the imaginations and hearts of audiences both on screen and more recently on stage in this heartwarming and romantic musical featuring a book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, who also wrote the film.
Bob Thomson’s production is completely different to the original West End production that offers a new interpretation of the beloved story surrounding Sam, Molly and one unexpected event. This new production makes the story feel slightly rushed and unfinished – particularly during the opening scenes and opening number ‘Here Right Now’.
It also changes things chronologically (don’t expect a certain famous scene to be in the exact same place as you remember) that will annoy devoted fans of the film.
However, the production does have its merits in the shape of its strong cast who really bring the story to life. Carolyn Maitland as Molly delivers a heart wrenching performance as her anguish over Sam’s death becomes increasingly clear. Her performance of ‘With You’ is elegant and beautiful while at the same time communicating how lonely grief can be.
Meanwhile, Andy Moss as Sam is suitably charming and the audience can genuinely believe just how far his character would go to protect Molly – even if some of his vocals at times tend to sound slightly strained.
But it is Jacqui Dubois as Oda Mae who is a delight to watch, providing a sassy attitude throughout – providing some much needed relief during numbers ‘Are You a Believer?’ and ‘I’m Outta Here’.
The main issue with Thomson’s production is that it doesn’t feel like a thriller and not filled with nearly enough tension particularly leading up to Sam’s murder and the climatic scene in Act 2, preferring to concentrate on the romantic element to the story, which can make it feel slightly unbalanced.
But there is no denying it is still a real pleasure to hear the music and lyrics of Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard live once more. It is a musical score that really knows how to hit the heart in all the right places.
Overall, the music and cast make this a production worth seeing but at the same time the production itself feels rushed and lacking in finesse which means it feels under powered in scenes which are meant to be tense and gripping.
Ghost the Musical will play at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking until the 4th March. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets.