New show Ghost The Musical, based on the Oscar winning film, is set to make its West End debut next year; Sharon D Clarke to play Whoopi Goldberg role of Oda Mae Brown.

Sharon D Clarke, star of Ghost The Musical

Sharon D Clarke, star of Ghost The Musical

A major new musical adaptation of the multi-award winning movie Ghost will premiere next summer in the West End.

Ghost The Musical, which will try out at the Opera House in Manchester in March 2011, will start previews at the Piccadilly Theatre in London on 22 June 2011, with its opening night on 19 July.

Casting so far includes musicals star Sharon D. Clarke as Oda Mae Brown, in a part originally played by Whoopi Goldberg in the movie.  No further casting details have been announced.

Based on the movie starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost is about Sam, who is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic, in the hope of saving her from his murderer.

The romantic musical features a heavy-weight creative team including direction by Matthew Warchus (Deathtrap, La Bete) and music and lyrics by legendary pop and rock writers Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (writer of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror). The show will also feature the classic song penned for the movie, Unchained Melody. Ghost The Musical will be designed by Rob Howell, with illusions and stage effects by Paul Kieve (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and a script by the original Oscar-winning screenplay writer Bruce Joel Rubin.

Grease is currently playing at the Piccadilly Theatre, closing on 30 April 2011 to make way for Ghost The Musical.

Book tickets to Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London