Theatre Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL – Blackpool Winter Gardens


Following its enormous success back in 2011, GHOST THE MUSICAL makes a welcome return to Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Based on the 1990 hit film GHOST starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, GHOST THE MUSICAL is a timeless story of love, despair and hope. The story revolves around two lovers, Sam and Molly, who set up home together in Brooklyn. Their lives seem blissfully perfect until Sam discovers an issue with some of his accounts at the bank where he works. Before he has time to investigate, the pair are mugged in the street and Sam is murdered. Trapped as a ghost between two worlds, Sam seeks the help of phony storefront psychic Oda Mae Brown, to communicate with Molly and seek out the person responsible for his killing.

With its superb special effects and engaging cast performances, GHOST THE MUSICAL is sure to appeal to fans both new and old. Writer Bruce Joel Rubin has done an impressive job of bringing the drama, romance and intrigue of the original film to the stage, whilst Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard’s music and lyrics push the narrative along while adding to the drama.

What makes GHOST THE MUSICAL so special is the stunning special effects. Richard Pinner’s creative illusions are key to the production and certainly impress. The scene in which Sam, Carl and mugger Willie instantly switch between their corpses on the floor and their ghostly incarnations is particularly impressive, as is the neat trick where Sam attempts to walk through a door and the overall design of the production has a dreamy, film-like quality to it.


The narrative is driven forward by the small but talented cast. In this particular production, Kelly Hampson stands in for singer Sarah Harding in the lead role as Molly but her performance is no less impressive. Hampson’s chemistry with Andy Moss who plays Sam is natural and realistic, with both actors delivering a strong vocal performance on the musical numbers.

But the real star of the show is Jacqui Dubois who plays phony storefront psychic Oda Mae, her infectious humour and faultless solo performance earning her a rapturous applause from the audience at the end of night.

While, for the most part GHOST THE MUSICAL entertains, some of the scene changes were a little late off the mark. That said, this did not distract from the storyline or the amazing vocal performances from the cast.

If you’re a fan of the original film, you’re sure to enjoy GHOST THE MUSICAL. All in all, an entertaining production full of heart and soul.

4.5 out of 5 stars

GHOST THE MUSICAL runs at Blackpool Winter Gardens until 15 October