Reviews round-up of Ghost the Musical, which opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London on 19 July 2011.
The hype surrounding the latest blockbuster stage show to draw inspiration from classic 80’s and 90’s movies has been intense, as a major new production of Ghost The Musical – based on the 1990 movie, hits the West End.
With a heavy-weight creative team behind the show, including Dave Stewart of Eurythmics penning the music and award-winning director Matthew Warchus helming the production, did the critics hunger for its touch, or did time go by oh so slowly?!
Check out our reviews round-up, below, including the Evening Standard, Guardian, Independent, Telegraph and Daily Mail.
"the real stars of Matthew Warchus's production are Rob Howell's sets and Jon Driscoll's video designs, which graphically recreate the kaleidoscopic frenzy of Manhattan life. This is a musical in which the eyes emphatically have it."
"As the lovers separated by death, Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy need to ignite a touch more stage chemistry, and could usefully turn down the volume during the strident ballads.... This may not be a great musical, but it is a highly entertaining one."
"I'm afraid that my belief in this show as a bona fide piece of musical theatre had given up the ghost some time before Molly has to."
"Admittedly, some of the song lyrics are a bit cheesy - but so was the film's script. This show is for anyone who sobbed through the original. Despite all the tears, Ghost The Musical is sure to raise your spirits."
"Worth going to? Richard Dawkins and his crowd will hate it, but I’d say yes – provided that a) you take some cotton wool, and b) you are not expecting anything too subtle or classical."
"The show suffers from following the film too closely. Although its fidelity to the visuals of the original is at times spectacular, the music adds no great poignancy, and its sentimentality feels exaggerated and synthetic... [the] technical wizardry, allied to the appeal of the leads, may just be enough to make Ghost: The Musical an unearthly hit."
"It all feels about as substantial as the swirling smoke it uses so abundantly. I diverted myself by trying to track said smoke’s points of emanation from the floor of the stage. That’s how engaged I was."
Date: 20 July 2011
Written by: WestEndTheatre
Tags: Andrew Langtree, Caissie Levy, Dave Stewart, Ghost The Musical, Glen Ballard, Matthew Warchus, Piccadilly Theatre, Richard Fleeshman, Sharon D Clarke