World class theatrical illusionist works magic in supernatural smash musical Ghost (From This Is Local London)
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World class theatrical illusionist works magic in supernatural smash musical Ghost
A supernatural West End smash musical will be coming to the New Wimbledon Theatre next Spring.
Ghost - The Musical - debuted in the West End in the summer of 2011 and is now embarking on a tour of the UK arriving at the New Wimbledon Theatre in April.
Based on the 1990 Oscar winning romantic drama, Ghost follows the supernatural story of Sam and Molly after Sam is killed after the couple is attacked as they return to their apartment.
Trapped between the world of the living and the dead, Sam embarks on a mission to communicate with his girlfriend through a psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer.
Adapted for the stage by Bruce Joel Rubin from his own Oscar-winning screenplay, the musical features special effects and staging by Paul Kieve, a member of the Inner Magic Circle, and Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus.
Paul Warwick Griffin, associate director, says: "Paul Kieve is probably one of the world experts in theatrical illusion.
"He worked very closely with the original director to create a world that allows us to do illusions which would allow for the story to be told as it calls for a guy that’s dead to be walking among people for most of the show. He had to be able to walk through doors and jump onto a moving New York subway train.
"It is an extraordinary and unique challenge and was really quite exciting in terms of trying to solve but the only solution was to make sure that we were bring on the best people in the world.
"There are a lot of technical parts but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s really an incredible love story."
The score has been written by Grammy award winners Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Glen Ballard who co-wrote Alanis Morrisette’s 1995 hit album Jagged Little Pill.
Warwick Griffin says: "Ghost won the Oscar for best screen play and the original screen writer, Bruce Joel Rubin, worked very closely with the stage adaptation in London, Manchester and New York.
"He was very much part of this process.
"Between Bruce who wrote the book and the music writers there was strong sense of team work between them and it’s very truthful to the original movie.
"I think it delivers people’s expectations who know and loved the movie in a fresh and exciting way.
"I know the writer was incredibly excited about reinventing something that was very much part of his life.
"But it’s a great story and that’s one of the things that is always important in a good piece of theatre."
Ghost - The Musical; The New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon; April 31 to May 11; £15 to £45; atgtickets.com/Wimbledon; 0844 871 7646
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