Ghost

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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Book by Bruce Joel Rubin. Music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Dir. Matthew Warchus. With Richard Fleeshman, Caissie Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph. 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.

2/5
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Book by Bruce Joel Rubin. Music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Dir. Matthew Warchus. With Richard Fleeshman, Caissie Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph. 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.

3/5
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Book by Bruce Joel Rubin. Music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Dir. Matthew Warchus. With Richard Fleeshman, Caissie Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph. 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.

4/5
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Book by Bruce Joel Rubin. Music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Dir. Matthew Warchus. With Richard Fleeshman, Caissie Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph. 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.

5/5
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Book by Bruce Joel Rubin. Music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Dir. Matthew Warchus. With Richard Fleeshman, Caissie Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph. 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.

In case you’d forgotten that Ghost was originally a movie, this slick and soulless musical will remind you—over and over and over. Throughout the show, cityscapes, street scenes, sets, even a sex scene are projected on rear and front scrims in an attempt to recapture the magic of the 1990 romantic thriller about Sam and Molly (Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy), a comely young New York couple whose love transcends his untimely demise.

It’s easy to understand why this high-tech spectacle was a hit in London and may very well be one here, too. The book by Bruce Joel Rubin—who won an Oscar for the movie’s screenplay—hews close to the beloved flick (minus, oddly enough, the sexy pottery scene), and the special effects are genuinely stunning. The audience gasps at the scenes when Sam slips through a door, engages in a spectral subway battle and makes his way up a stairway to heaven. Tourists will probably feel like Ghost gives them their money’s worth, much in the same way Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark does.

Too bad the production doesn’t also contain powerful performances (save for Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who puts her own feisty imprint on Whoopi Goldberg’s flamboyant psychic role) or strong songs (the only evocative number is the oldies classic “Unchained Melody,” the one tune not penned by noted pop vets Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard). The original movie’s biggest special effect was its ability to make you care and cry. This Ghost tries to mix stage magic and romance, but leaves you cold as a corpse.—Raven Snook

Event phone: 877-250-2929
Event website: http://ghostonbroadway.com

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Judy Rink

This show was a big let down. My 15 year old daughter had recently seen the original movie and liked it. But, the musical is full of cliches and bland music. The projection screen is entertaining for 30 minutes but by the second act we had enough already. We had a much better time at Newsies and Fat Camp.

Russell

Losing my mother 5 months ago, I found this musical completely touching and quite the opposide of soulless. You must have a pretty huge black spot where your soul is, hurry get out of New York before you turn to stone forever.