Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Ghost The Musical" - Another Whoopi Goldberg Film Hits Broadway

Whoopi Goldberg Films on Broadway. Toss in The Lion King as well Ms. Goldberg was the voice of one of the hyenas.
After double checking that you've walked into a Broadway house, not one of the movie houses on 42nd street, you will notice that there is a lot of fast paced walking in Ghost The Musical. However, all this walking only leads to the familiar scenes of the popular 1990 film that the show is based.

Meet lovebirds Sam and Molly. They've just moved into a spacious loft in Brooklyn. Sam is murdered one night in a dark alley. Before moving into the next life, he unravels (
with the help of colorful physic con woman Oda Mae Brown) the scheme behind his untimely death. And oh yeah, he finally tells Molly he loves her - words he was unable to utter when he was alive.

Now, if you are a fan of the film, you will probably enjoy Ghost The Musical. You will get a kick out of the Oda Mae 's character (played by Da'vine Joy Randolph in her Broadway debut), especially when she sings I'm Outta Here. And you will definitely be intrigued by the special effects. Aren't you curious how they pull off walking through doors? How about the scary darkness that devours wicked souls? Better yet, how about that lovely scene where Sam envelopes Oda Mae in order to have a final dance with Molly? Will be it be some sort of weird three-way like in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever or will it be magical?

Aaah yes, the familiarity and effects will suck you in, but unfortunately, the music will not. As you leave the theater, the forgettable original tunes from Ghost The Musical will not be at the forefront of your mind. Okay, you will probably hum Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brother like I did after a recent preview. And since
Hollywood films seem to be the new commercial musical theater reality, then perhaps you will wonder which Whoopi Goldberg film should come to Broadway next. My pick - Boys on the Side. It has the makings of a good musical don't you think? Friendship. Murder. Illness. And Unrequited Love. 

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