Well, the first reviews for the Manchester production of Ghost are in and they are pretty impressive.
The general feeling seems to be that this is a 5* production and an excellent night out. The story comes across as fresh and interesting and everyone agrees that the special effects, performances & music are stunning. I thought I’d pick out a couple of reviews to give you more of a flavour of what’s being said.
After months of intense advance publicity Ghost The Musical officially materialised last night and, amazingly, it lives up to the hype.
Starring local lad Richard Fleeshman in the Patrick Swayze role of a ghost trapped between this world and the next, the show is based on the 1990 film that became something of a worldwide classic.
It’s now a dramatic love story thriller musical with absolutely killer state-of-the-art staging that manages to recreate virtually all the scenes from the film to produce a show with a gripping, edge-of-the-seat, storyline – you really do want to know what happens next
It looks jaw-droppingly amazing. The stage is surrounded by huge sliding video screens that can conjure up anything and everything.
…it’s the full five-star package and then some.(Alan Hulme)
It’ll make you laugh out loud and cry real tears — the Bruce Joel Rubin story truly is a timeless fantasy.
Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard’s original music and lyrics take the classic love story to new emotional heights.
Leads Richard Fleeshman (Sam) and Caissie Levy (Molly) are a natural and convincing couple and shine throughout with a strong score of solo and duet ballads. Fleeshman proves his Corrie days are well and truly behind him with a consistently brilliant performance, which no doubt prompted the emotional standing ovation of the night.
You can’t help but be blown away by its creativity; a dazzling set compete with video projection and a moving floor makes for an eye-catching backdrop, complemented by an energetic, allbeit slightly overused, chorus line. But what really gives this musical the wow factor are the magic tricks created by Harry Potter illusionist Paul Kieve. (Jemma Humphries)
Comments on both sites seem to confirm the verdict with very few critical remarks. Of course what the London critics will say about Ghost the Musical remains to be seen.