Earlier this week, I attended the opening night of Ghost the Musical at the Straz Center and couldn’t be more excited to see it! Ghost (the movie) is one of my favorites and I was very curious how broadway would transform this classic into musical form, especially considering all of the detail from the original story/movie that comes into play.
Following the original story line, Molly (Katie Postonik), whose life is in danger after her love, Sam (Steven Grant Douglas) is killed, is visited by a reluctant psychic, Oda Mae (Carla Stewart), who is able to hear the distressed ghost of Sam, as he tries to find a way to communicate with Molly and save her.
The show opened with intense visuals, and everyone was wondering whether we would be watching something on a screen, movie-style. Turns out it was just a pre-cursor to the incredible effects that would continue throughout. Seriously, Ghost the Musical probably has the best special effects in a broadway that I’ve ever seen. My mind was especially blown during the subway scene with the broadway ghost. I felt as if I was a kid watching a magic show.
Just like the movie, I found myself on an emotional roller coaster watching this show, laughing and crying throughout (ladies, make sure your mascara is waterproof)! And despite Katie and Steven being the stars of the show, I found myself gravitating toward Carla Stewart’s performance of Oda Mae, as she seemed to steal the show with her powerful vocals and fun-spirited attitude. Oddly enough, I also felt as though Robby Haltiwanger (who played Carl Bruner) also held a pretty powerful role (but that could’ve been based on the plot).
Overall, I loved the show! There were times some of the vocals were a little spotty, but that was easily overcome by the rest of the performance. I definitely recommend you make some time before Sunday to take a trip to the Straz Center to catch a performance of this show. You won’t regret it!
Ghost the Musical will be live at the Straz Center through Sunday, April 27 with tickets starting at $46.50. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit the official site.
* Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the show. All opinions are my own.