Review: Ghost the Musical. The Mayflower Theatre

Ghost The Musical
Ghost The Musical
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It feels like they’re making a musical from just about every Hollywood hit these days.

And Ghost seems to be one of the least likely early 90s candidates for song and dance treatment – bar perhaps Misery and The Silence of the Lambs.

The story of a couple divided by a murder and temporarily reunited with the help of a flamboyant psychic has all the right elements – romance, a classic song, a cracking plot – and the potential for cheesy American on-stage accents.

But there are also a few tricky problems to overcome – spirits leaving bodies, ghosts attacking the bad men, ghosts putting hands clean through doors.

And that is precisely how this movie not only works as a stage show but feels like a groundbreaking piece of theatre.

The stars are the production and design, with Rob Howell’s sets, Jon Driscoll’s video projections and Paul Kieve’s illusions taking centre stage.

They manage to create an atmospheric moving metropolis and use masterful manipulation and stage trickery to create gobsmacking effects.

The songs are under-whelming, although weaved in well, and some of the dance numbers feel unnecessary.

The leads are good, particularly Wendy Mae Brown as the psychic, although this role is always a bit of a show stealer.

I doubt there’s been a rush for the soundtrack but the production will leave you amazed.