Musical (2011)

Musique: Dave Stewart • Glen Ballard
Paroles: Dave Stewart • Glen Ballard
Livret: Bruce Joel Rubin
Production à la création:

The timeless fantasy about the power of love. While walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of Oda Mae Brown (a phoney psychic) Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of being able to save and protect her.

Act I
The musical starts when Sam Wheat and his long-time girlfriend, Molly Jensen, move into a loft apartment in Brooklyn together ("Here Right Now"). Sam is a banker, Molly a sculptor, and their friend Carl Bruner is introduced as one of Sam's co-workers, come to help them settle in. The three of them seem to be a tight-knit group, with Sam and Molly very much in love. However, Sam clearly shies away from the word, which makes Molly visibly uncomfortable. She starts to say something about it, but soon stops herself, and Sam distracts her with a rendition of "Unchained Melody," leaving her insecurities temporarily forgotten.

At work, Sam notices some discrepancies with several accounts and is unwilling to let them go, despite the fact that he has a date with Molly that evening ("More"). He confides in Carl with his discovery, and his friend not only agrees to keep the findings a secret, but promises to investigate himself, so Sam can keep his date. Thanking him, Sam leaves, and meets up with Molly, who later confesses that she wants to marry him. Sam is taken aback and Molly suddenly asks why he never tells her that he loves her ("Three Little Words"); he assures Molly that he doesn't say it in so many words because he prefers to say it through his actions. Molly tells him that she'd still like to hear it every now and again, but his reply reassures her nonetheless. However, they're soon approached by an armed man that tries to steal Sam's wallet. Sam fights back instead of surrendering, and the two struggle for the gun. It goes off and Sam is fatally shot, leaving Molly to cry out for help ("Sam's Murder"). Instead of moving on, however, Sam becomes a ghost, and he stays behind with Molly instead of following the light; unable to leave Molly, he follows her to the hospital, and another ghost explains what he's become ("Ball of Wax"). A trapped Sam struggles to reach out to Molly ("I Can't Breathe").

Back at the apartment, Carl helps Molly clear out some of Sam's old things; clearly, she's hesitant to let go, totally unbeknownst to the fact that Sam is very close by, unable to move on himself. When she's alone, the man that killed Sam sneaks in and begins to ransack the place while Molly is upstairs, forcing Sam into a panic that he'll hurt her, too. Sam manages to spook the man and he flees. Needing to know who he is, Sam pushes himself through the front door with great effort, and follows the man all the way back to his own apartment. He finds out that the man's name is Willie Lopez, and that he'd eventually go back for what he was looking for. Desperate, Sam then seeks out a psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who seems to be a total fraud ("Are You a Believer?"). By some miracle, she actually hears Sam, and he convinces her to go talk to Molly on his behalf - by singing '10,000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall' obnoxiously, no less. In the meantime, Molly is grieving and not taking the loss very well ("With You"). She gets a visit from Oda Mae, but Molly is hesitant to believe, until Oda Mae starts parroting things that only Sam would know. Eventually, she comes around, and agrees to listen. Through Oda Mae, Sam tells her that he was set up, murdered, and that she needs to go to the police; Oda Mae bails as soon as she hears the word. Molly takes this information to Carl, who tells her that it's crazy, but promises to check it out. She goes to the police and Carl goes straight to Willie's place where a distraught Sam discovers the truth, in that his murder was at Carl's own error. As Molly swears to suspend all disbelief, a drunken Carl wonders the streets trying to convince himself it was not his fault ("Suspend My Disbelief/I Had a Life").

Act II
At the police station, it's revealed that Oda Mae has quite the criminal record. Shaken, Molly leaves there with the knowledge that the psychic is a fraud and she loses hope, much to Sam's dismay ("Rain/Hold On"). Molly in her anger sits down to do some pottery as the radio plays. Static is heard and Molly gets up to change to station, as she turns the dial Unchained Melody is suddenly heard. Molly quickly turns off the radio in shock. After a moments pause she turns it back on and slowly returns to her pottery. Sam, who is watching, approaches her from behind singing along, longing for her touch. Just as Molly begins frustrated and starts to lean back as if she can feel Sam, there is a knock on the door. It's Carl. Molly tells Carl that he was right, that the whole thing was crazy, and that she was just grasping at straws. He assures her that it's only natural, but she has to move on, and he even makes a poorly received move on her ("Life Turns on a Dime"). Enraged, Sam manages to break something, and a flustered Molly asks Carl to leave.

With the help of another ghost on the subway, Sam learns how to move objects ("Focus") and returns to Oda Mae's place to enlist her help once more ("Talkin' Bout a Miracle"). Suddenly, Oda Mae is a legitimate psychic, with the ability to call on other spirits instead of resorting to fraud. While Sam is there, Willie Lopez finds her, and she has to run for her life. Sam uses his newfound abilities to spook him and chase him away, but Willie runs into traffic and dies. Unlike Sam, he is not offered a white light, but it's implied that he's dragged somewhere completely different. However, Sam knows that it isn't over, and he begs Oda Mae to help him stop Carl from getting to the money, in order to protect Molly.

We then see Molly, trying to get her life together and move on ("Nothing Stops Another Day"); it's seen that she's selling pieces at her gallery and she apologizes to Carl for pushing him away. Carl, meanwhile, is anxiously awaiting a call and waves her off under the guise of having a busy day. Together, Sam and Oda Mae break into the account that Carl was extorting, Sam feeding her account numbers and information while she poses as 'Rita Miller.' The account is closed and Sam goes to find Carl in his office, in a panic. Moving objects around the room, Sam scares Carl, moving objects around again and making it clear that he knows what really happened. Scared, Carl tells Sam that he'll kill Molly if he doesn't leave him alone and get him the money. However, Sam runs back to Oda Mae.

When she's handed a check for around four million dollars, Oda Mae tries to take the money and leave the situation for good ("I'm Outta Here"), but Sam convinces her to donate the money. Sam then takes her to go see Molly again in order to warn her about Carl. At the apartment, Molly tries to send her away at first, but Sam is able to walk through the door and tell Oda Mae the significance of the earrings Molly is wearing, as well as read a letter for Sam that Molly has inside the apartment. After Oda Mae repeats these things, Molly is able to believe again, and she lets the psychic in. She explains everything to Molly, who is clearly emotionally distraught, and Oda Mae even lets Sam use her body to hold Molly and comfort her ("Unchained Melody (Dance)")

Carl comes into the apartment, armed and frightened for his own life; he owes dangerous drug dealers money and he's desperate. Even though it's clear that he doesn't want to resort to such measures, Carl grabs Molly and holds his gun to her, telling Sam that if he doesn't have Oda Mae tell him where the money is, he's going to kill her. There's a struggle, and Carl is killed, and he's dragged away in the same way as Willie.

Now that Carl is gone and Molly is safe, the light returns for Sam and Molly is able to see and hear him. Knowing that it's time for him to go, Sam says goodbye to Oda Mae, and regretfully turns to Molly. They're able to say their goodbyes, Sam finally telling Molly that he loves her in the way that she wants to hear ("The Love Inside").

Manchester (2011)
The musical had a world premiere try-out at the Manchester Opera House, Manchester, England with performances beginning March 28, 2011 and running through May 14, 2011. It was directed by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus, with set and costume design by Rob Howell, choreography by Ashley Wallen, musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Bobby Aitken and projection design by Jon Driscoll.
Cast members included Richard Fleeshman as Sam Wheat, Caissie Levy as Molly Jensen, Sharon D. Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl Bruner.

West End (2011-12)
Again under the direction of Warchus, the musical began previews at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End on June 24, 2011. The official opening night gala performance took place on July 19. Reviews for the opening night performance were mixed, although the special effects have been praised by critics for their ingenuity and skill. Beginning January 13, 2012, Mark Evans and Siobhan Dillon took over in the leading roles, allowing time for original cast members Fleeshman and Levy to begin rehearsals for the original Broadway production. Other cast replacements during the run included Craig Stein and Scott Maurice as the Subway Ghost and Ashley Knight as the Hospital Ghost.
On June 15, 2012, after weeks of speculation, it was officially announced that the production would close on October 6, 2012. It closed that day after just over 500 regular performances.

Broadway (2012)
The musical began on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in previews on March 15, 2012, with the official opening on April 23. Directed by Matthew Warchus, original stars Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy reprise their roles, with newcomers Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Oda Mae) and Bryce Pinkham (Carl). In preparation for her Broadway debut, Randolph played the role in the West End in December 2011 and January 2012, when regular actress Sharon D. Clarke was on leave.
According to Levy, "[For the Broadway production], emotional moments in the show have been fine-tuned, a line or two has been changed here or there...a couple of songs have been replaced, some characters have been tweaked. All for the better." A new "Overture" was added, and "Ball of Wax" has been replaced by a new, but similar song, "You Gotta Let Go".
The production opened to mixed reviews, although it received three Tony Award nominations. Randolph was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, while Hugh Vanstone won the award for Outstanding Lighting Design. It was announced on July 24, 2012, that the Broadway production will close on August 18, 2012. It closed on that date after 136 regular performances. A national tour of North America for fall 2013 has been confirmed.

UK National Tour (2013)
The first national tour of the U.K. will launch at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, with previews beginning April 8, 2013. The official opening night is April 10, on a run through April 27. Additional venues include New Wimbledon Theatre, London (30 April–11 May), Edinburgh Playhouse (14 May–1 June), Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (3–15 June), Leeds Grand Theatre (17–29 June) and Southampton Mayflower (28 October–9 November 2013). Casting will be announced in early 2013.

Act I
"Overture" – Orchestra
"Here Right Now" – Molly, Sam, Carl
"Unchained Melody" – Sam
"More" – Carl, Ensemble
"Three Little Words" – Molly, Sam
"Sam's Murder" – Willie, Sam, Molly, Ensemble
"Ball of Wax" – Hospital Ghost, Ensemble≠
"I Can't Breathe" – Sam
"Are You a Believer?" – Clara, Louise, Mrs Santiago, Oda Mae
"With You" – Molly
"Suspend My Disbelief"/"I Had a Life" – Molly, Carl, Sam, Ensemble

Act II
"Rain"/"Hold On" – Molly, Sam, Ensemble
"Unchained Melody (Reprise)" - The Righteous Brothers, Sam
"Life Turns On a Dime" – Carl, Molly, Sam
"Focus" – Subway Ghost
"Talkin' 'Bout a Miracle" – Hospital Ghost, Oda Mae, Ensemble
"Nothing Stops Another Day" – Molly
"I'm Outta Here" – Oda Mae, Ensemble
"Unchained Melody (Dance)" – Sam, Molly
"The Love Inside" – Sam, Molly

≠Replaced on Broadway with "You Gotta Let Go".

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Ghost - The musical (2010-02-Workshop)

Type de série: Workshop
Théâtre: *** Inconnu (*** - ***)
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Première Preview : 13 February 2010
Première: 13 February 2010
Dernière: 13 February 2010
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Ghost - The musical (2011-03-Opera House-Manchester)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Opera House (Manchester - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 28 March 2011
Première: 28 March 2011
Dernière: 14 May 2011
Mise en scène : Matthew Warchus
Chorégraphie : Ashley Wallen
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Star(s) :
Avec: Richard Fleeshman (Sam Wheat), Caissie Levy (Molly Jensen), Sharon D Clarke (Oda Mae Brown), Andrew Langtree (Carl Bruner), Ivan de Freitas (Willie Lopez), Adebayo Bolaji (Subway Ghost), Mark Pearce (Hospital Ghost), Lisa Davina Phillip (Clara), Jenny Fitzpatrick (Louise), Jaygann Ayeh, Paul Ayres, Darren Carnall, Michael Peters, Laura Selwood, Yemie Sonuga, Spencer Stafford, Phillipa Stefani, Jez Unwin, Sally Whitehead, Scott Ellis, Rebecca Giacopazzi, Emily Hawgood, Louise Lawson, Rochelle Neil, Mark Willshire

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Ghost - The musical (2011-07-Piccadilly Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 24 June 2011
Première: 19 July 2011
Dernière: 06 October 2012
Mise en scène : Matthew Warchus
Chorégraphie : Ashley Wallen
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Siobhan Dillon (Molly Jensen), Mark Evans (Sam Wheat), Sharon D Clarke (Oda Mae Brown), Andrew Langtree (Carl Bruner), Ivan de Freitas (Willie Lopez), Craig Stein (Subway Ghost), Ashley Knight (Hospital Ghost), Lisa Davina Phillip (Clara) and Jenny Fitzpatrick (Louise), Paul Ayres, Darren Carnall, Samuel Edwards, Callum Francis, Francesca Hoffman, Louise Lawson, Scott Maurice, Spencer O'Brien, Olivia Phillip, Jennifer Saayeng, Kirstie Skivington, Spencer Stafford, Rebecca Trehearn, Jez Unwin, Amy Webb and Sally Whitehead.
Commentaires : Reviews for the production were mixed, although there was unanimous praise for the amazing special effects by Paul Kieve. However, the public word-of-mouth was strong, attendances continued to grow, and the show received five Olivier nominations. In January 2012 Mark Evans and Siobhan Dillon took over the leads while Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy began rehearsals for a Broadway transfer. The Broadway production opened on April 23rd 2012 (previews from March 15th). The role of Oda Mae was performed by
Da’Vine Joy Randolph (who had played the role in the West End in December and January whilst Sharon D. Clarke was on leave.)
Presse : "It mostly lacks: heart and soul. For the rest, one is left to gawp at the ingenuity of Paul Kieve's illusions."
Michael Billington for The Guardian

"This may not be a great musical, but it is a highly entertaining one that looks set to keep audiences laughing, gasping and sniffing back tears for a long time to come."
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

"Worth going to?...I’d say yes – provided are not expecting anything too subtle or classical."
Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

"Paul Kieve's illusions thrill...It's all seamlessly inventive and full of synaesthetic pleasures, but it can't fully compensate for the shallowness in other departments."
Paul Taylor for The Independent

"With superb special effects and engaging performances, Matthew Warchus's production certainly has plenty of dazzle." Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standrad

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Ghost - The musical (2012-04-Lunt Fontanne Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)

Durée : 3 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 39 previews - 136 représentations
Première Preview : 15 March 2012
Première: 23 April 2012
Dernière: 18 August 2012
Mise en scène : Matthew Warchus
Chorégraphie : Ashley Wallen
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Sam Wheat ... Richard Fleeshman / Molly Jensen ... Caissie Levy / Carl Bruner ... Bryce Pinkham / Oda Mae Brown ... Da’Vine Joy Randolph / Clara ... Moya Angela / Willie Lopez ... Michael Balderrama / Louise ... Carly Hughes / Subway Ghost ... Tyler McGee / Hospital Ghost ... Lance Roberts / Ensemble ... Jason Babinsky
Commentaires : Original london stars Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy reprise their roles, with newcomers Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Oda Mae) and Bryce Pinkham (Carl). In preparation for her Broadway debut, Randolph played the role in the West End in December 2011 and January 2012, when regular actress Sharon D. Clarke was on leave.

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Ghost - The musical (2017-12-Theater des Westens-Berlin)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Theater des Westens (Berlin - Allemagne)
Durée : 10 mois
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Première Preview : 07 December 2017
Première: 07 December 2017
Dernière: 07 October 2018
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Ghost - The musical (2018-10-Operettenhaus-Hamburg)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Operettenhaus (Hambourg - Allemagne)
Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
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Première Preview : 28 October 2018
Première: 28 October 2018
Dernière: 13 January 2019
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Ghost - The musical (2019-11-Palladium Theater-Stuttgart)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Palladium Theater (Stuttgart - Allemagne)
Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 07 November 2019
Première: 07 November 2019
Dernière: 22 March 2020
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Star(s) :
Avec: Rolle (Originalbesetzung Stuttgart), Sam Wheat (Riccardo Greco), Molly Jensen (Roberta Valentini), Carl Bruner (Thomas Hohler), Oda Mae Brown (Kim Sanders), Willie Lopez (Vini Gomes), Subway Ghost (Enrico Treuse), Hospital Ghost (Benjamin Beckmann)

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