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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable, August 9, 2011
This review is from: Ghost the Musical (Audio CD)
I can't say I'm a huge fan of the film "Ghost," starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, Ocsar-winner Whoopi Goldberg, and that infamous lump of swirling clay. I liked it okay, but a stage version, however inevitable, just doesn't seem, you know, necessary. So I had some definite trepidation when I gave this recording of the new London musical a listen.

All in all, I was pleased. It sounds exactly how you would expect a musical of "Ghost" to sound--that is to say, an ear-pleasing pop-rock style-- in this case with music and lyrics by Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics), Glen Ballard, and book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin (who won an Oscar for the film's screenplay). With one exception ("Ball of Wax," a cringe-inducing tap-dance song that is wholly out of place) this is an enjoyable score, with a few songs that reach pretty impressive heights.

The recording benefits greatly from terrific leads, including Caissie Levy in the Moore role as Molly, and Richard Fleeshman as the eponymous Ghost (Molly's murdered boyfriend). Their powerful voices make the recording soar a good chunk of the time, especially in the score's best and most emotional numbers, "Rain/Hold On," and Levy's two pensive ballads, "With You" and " Nothing Stops Another Day." In the Goldberg role of a charlatan psychic with surprising abilities, Sharon D. Clarke (so good on the "We Will Rock You" cast recording) uses her impressive vocal chops to fine effect in "Are You a Believer?" and "I'm Outta Here," which give her sassy character some fun (if predictable) gospel/disco flash.
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Initial post: Aug 21, 2011 6:25:46 AM PDT
Thomas Guzzi says:
Necessary? There are so many unnecessary shows that its the norm of what is being put on stage these days....

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 4:15:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2011 4:18:33 PM PDT
True-- I'm especially tired of the abundance of these kinds of screen-to-stage adaptations, even if like this one, I kind of like the scores. I understand why they're made (producers hope a "built in" audience will buy tickets), but I much prefer originality... or at least less well known source material.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 6:48:18 PM PDT
Thomas Guzzi says:
Just saw Book of Mormon and talk about original!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2011 5:40:32 PM PDT
Bryan Hill says:
It is interesting to read your comments as I am a firm believer of not translating films to stage as it never really seems to work. Most movies exist so well in their own right, why bother to re-do them....? However... Ghost The Musical is the exception and not the rule. I saw the production in previews in London in June and it manages to do something very unique in that it delivers what the audience wants, but in the process seems to re-invent itself. The score is not exceptional, but it is very manipulative, especially towards the end. As usual for good musicals, a great story is key, and when you combine that with excellent performances and amazing visuals and illusions, you have something very special.... I am a Believer!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 5:25:52 AM PDT
Thanks for your insight into the production. This does seem like a better-than-usual screen to stage adaptation. I do hope when it comes to Broadway, they replace a few of the songs. If it comes to NY with "Ball of Wax" it's doomed- lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 9:57:53 AM PDT
Bryan Hill says:
I saw the show in previews and was told that Ball Of Wax was being axed, so even though it is on the CD, I do not think it is still in the show... It was really odd to see as it was obviously an idea that looked good on paper, but belongs in a totally different show! (If it was a better number!)
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