Apparently, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway is the official home of all things spiritual. First, there was “The Addams Family”. Next in the lineup?
“Ghost” – a staged rendition of the popular 1990 movie starring Whoopie Goldberg, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The creative team behind “Ghost” will include Tony Award-winning director Matthe Warchus, composer Dave Stewart (one-half of the Grammy Award-winning band “Eurythmics,”) and writer Bruce Joel Rubin, who created the original screenplay for the movie. Casting for the production has yet to be announced.
Although the massive popularity of the movie all but insures an enthusiastic audience for the musical, judging by the virtuosic talents assembled for this undertaking, Colin Ingram Productions is leaving nothing to chance. Broadway can be a cruel, unforgiving place, and mediocre shows are quickly shown the door. Although the cast of “Ghost” has yet to be assembled in the United States, a seven-week series of performances at the Opera House in Manchester, England receiving unanimous approval. Additionally, “Ghost” gave its West End debut in July of this year and has become one of the venerable theatre district’s most popular shows. Let’s hope that “Ghost” can mirror this success in American theatres. If we play our cards right, maybe we’ll get to see Whoopi revisit her role as the whimsical, happy-go-lucky spiritual medium!