The supernatural power of love is taking Fort Lauderdale by storm as the new Broadway and West End musical Ghost The Musical, adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, opens at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, April 29 for a limited two week run.
Two stops in Central Florida bookend Ghost The Musical’s Fort Lauderdale run; first, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa hosts the musical from now until Sunday, April 27. Finally, Ghost The Musical goes to Orlando, and the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, from Tuesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 18.
Ghost The Musical is directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (Matilda, God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing) and choreographed by Ashley Wallen (“The X Factor”, Kylie Minogue, Seal, Madonna’s film WE). The musical features book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jacob’s Ladder, The Time Traveler’s Wife) who has adapted his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for the stage, and original music and lyrics by a team of Grammy Award-winners, including Dave Stewart (half of the multi-Grammy Award-winning Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror”, Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”). The score also includes the iconic song “Unchained Melody”, written by Hy Zaret and Alex North (Courtesy of Frank Music Corp. ASCAP) and famously performed in the film by The Righteous Brothers. Illusions are created by famous stage and film illusionist Paul Kieve (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda the Musical).
Set in modern day New York City, Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead 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 a phony storefront psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hopes of saving and protecting her. Employing special effects never before seen in an on-stage musical, Ghost The Musical features illusions that continually leave audiences astonished and questioning if what they just saw was real. Sam, as a ghost, walks through a solid door. Inanimate objects take on a life of their own. Spirits ascend to the heavens, subway passengers are thrown in the air during a high speed train ride and people disappear and reappear right before your eyes.
Ghost The Musical has been enjoyed by over a million people worldwide and has been nominated for numerous awards including five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards. The Associated Press said “Eyepoppingly brilliant” while Variety assures the audience will experience “A limitless array of dazzling effects.” Newsday promises that it is “Unlike anything seen on stage before” and The Daily Telegraph says that it “Will keep you gasping!”
Ghost The Musical is produced by Troika Entertainment and Michael Coppel in association with Hilary Williams, Margot Astrachan Production/Dennis Grimaldi Productions/Paul Lucas Productions/Robert Sher and Paramount Pictures. Casting for the U.S. National Tour of Ghost The Musical is provided by Joy Dewing CSA with Joy Dewing Casting.
Original Broadway production produced by Colin Ingram, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Donavan Mannato, MJE Productions, Patricia Lambrecht and Adam Silberman in association with Paramount Pictures.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in 1990, Ghost became a blockbuster hit and an instant classic, winning numerous awards worldwide. The film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin’s script won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown.
Ghost The Musical will play through Sunday, April 27 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts; Tuesday, April 29 through Sunday, May 11 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts; and Tuesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 18 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.
Tickets are $34.50 – $74.50 for the Fort Lauderdale performances, $46.50 to $81.50 for the Tampa performances and $52.15 to $90.40 for the Orlando performances. The tickets are on sale at the three box offices; on-line at BrowardCenter.org, StrazCenter.org and Ticketmaster.com; and by phone at 954-462-0222 (Fort Lauderdale), 813-229-7827 (Tampa), and 800-448-6322 (Orlando).
The Broadway in Fort Lauderdale and the Broadway in Orlando 2013-2014 subscription seasons are made possible with the generous support of Bank of America and are presented by the Florida Theatrical Association, Broadway Across America, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The Straz Center 2013-2014 Broadway Series is sponsored by Bank of America and the Tampa Bay Times.