Even if you’re not a movie buff, it’s hard to forget 1990’s movie, Ghost, and the perfectly formed tears the actress, Demi Moore, shed as she thought of her late husband (played by the late-actor, Patrick Swayze) as she recalls their tragically curtailed marriage, much of it while she is sensually making pottery.
This shameless tearjerker about love in the here and now, and, more powerfully, in the afterlife, has been made into Ghost: The Musical and its spirit will soon be inhabiting the Bass Performance Hall.
This is one musical with almost as many special effects as the original movie version. To wit, the audience will be treated to inanimate objects taking on a life of their own, a highly tangible human being endowed with the ability to walk through a solid door, and even more gee-whiz effects.
Multiple Grammy Award-winners, Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard have provided an original pop score for this musical, which has also been completely adapted from its hit-film original by none other than its original, Academy Award-nabbing screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin.
To traipse back in movie history for just a moment: Ghost traces the story of Molly and Sam, a gloriously youthful and seemingly euphoric young couple, whose communal life suddenly disintegrates when Sam is killed. But Sam refuses to leave Molly in peace. Instead, he pleasantly haunts her, especially when it is clear that Molly is in serious danger, likely from the man who killed her husband. The only way that Sam can traverse the afterlife to communicate with his long-lost wife, and ultimately protect her, is by using a five-and-dime psychic – memorably played in the movie by Whoopi Goldberg.
The critics have already weighed in with their raves of how Ghost: The Musical is not just eye-popping but also “adventurous,” even “brilliant.”
Ghost: the Musical is not is recommended for the whole family as kids 12 and under might be disturbed by its mild violence, mature dialogue and themes. So prudent parental guidance is advised for this otherwise winning diversion.
Details: Ghost: The Musical is on at Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth from February 11-16. Times: Tues-Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Tickets: Start at $38.50. More info: 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Photo by Joan Marcus courtesy Bass Performance Hall