‘NEARLY, but not quite there’ is the best way to describe the theatre production of Ghost the Musical that is being shown at the Lowry till Saturday 29th April.

Throughout the play we see Sam, played by Andy Moss, try and save his other half Molly, played by Carolyn Maitland, from having the same fate as him.

This is a tragic love story that is supposed to pull heart strings but sadly it just did not quite do that.  

For two people that are supposed to be in love there was no chemistry between the two at the start of the piece so when Sam died you could not feel sorry for Molly, since they really did not seem into each other.   

Any contact that the two seemed to have felt awkward and forced and the famous pottery scene from the movie was basically non-existent.  

But during the end of the play, they did start to grow into their roles but it was not enough to get the audience sobbing over the star-crossed lovers.  

All was not so bad with Oda Mae, played by Jacqui Dubois, creating a ripple of laughter among the audience bringing some comedy into a tragic story.  

It was obvious that Oda Mae was the audience’s favourite from the loud whistling and cheering at the end of the play when she bowed on stage.  

A special mention has to be made to the hospital ghost, played by James Earl Adair, whose performance was natural and really showed the potential that this play could live up to.  

Carl, played by Sam Ferriday, did a very convincing performance of being the sleaze who got his best friend killed.  

Some of the members of the audience even booed when he bowed at end of the production.  

The quality of the singing and dancing cannot be faulted and captivated the audience immediately especially when Unchained Melody was sung.

But the real reason, Ghost the Musical will always be a hit is the original story plot written by Bruce Joel Rubin.  

The musical adaption from the 1990 film, follows the story line and with just a few improvements the production would be outstanding.  

Nonetheless, it is still worth a see and will always remain as a favourite among theatre enthusiasts.  

By Ellen Ward


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