Sharon D Clarke channels Whoopi in Ghost The Musical
Quite a lot of Whoopi channelling has been going on lately. First Patina Miller took on Sister Act at the London Palladium, made enormously famous by Ms Goldberg in the hit film.
And now Ghost The Musical is set for a big stage update, and musicals missy Sharon D Clarke is the woman to take on the role of dodgy psychic Oda Mae Brown, originated by Whoopi in the Oscar winning film.
An acclaimed singer, Sharon originated the role of the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. Her many other stage credits include Guys and Dolls, Fame, The Lion King, Chicago, Rent and Little Shop of Horrors.
Sharon is also well known for playing Dr Lola Griffin in BBC drama Holby City, and was lead singer of Nomad.
Ghost, which starts off at the Opera House in Manchester before opening at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in June, will be directed by Matthew Warchus (Deathtrap, La Bete), with 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 from 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.