Many of you are familiar with the 1990 movie Ghost starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. What many of you will find out this week is how Ghost the Musical translates to a big Broadway musical when it opens at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall this Tuesday, December 10 through Sunday, December 15.
Ghost the Musical is about a young couple, Molly and Sam, who have recently moved into a new apartment in New York City. After facing the tragedy of Sam’s murder, Molly is forced to deal with the loss in an empty apartment. Sam is stuck between life and death, and when he realizes that Molly is in trouble, he tries to communicate with her to keep her safe. To do this, he decides to enlist the help of a pseudo-psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who begins to discover powers she never knew she had. With a gorgeous score by Dave Stewart (one half of 80s pop duo the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (co-writer of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill), and a book written by the original screenwriter of the 1990 film, Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost the Musical is a powerful and stunning show about love, loss, and believing.
Even more fascinating about Ghost the Musical are the many illusions seen throughout the production. You may remember ghosts walking through solid objects from the film, but how on earth is it possible to put a trick like that on the stage and make it believable? Thanks to illusionist Paul Kieve, the illusions in Ghost the Musical will not disappoint those looking for a little magic. As you can see from the video interview with Kieve below, he was able to create illusions such as a ghost-ridden subway car and Sam walking through a door, among other spooky tricks, and make them look believable on stage. While the secrets behind the masterful illusions are kept private, it’s no secret that these illusions will be one of the show’s highlights for East Lansing audiences come Tuesday.
The lighting design plays a key role in this production of Ghost the Musical, going hand in hand with illusions. Without special lighting effects, some of the illusions seen on stage would not come out spectacular at all. Light is one thing that illusionists and magicians can manipulate in a trick or illusion to make it all the more believable. As far as equipment goes, the set for Ghost the Musicalalso includes 2 LED screens that are 25 feet wide, 11 feet high, and 6,000 pounds each, 350 additional lights, 27 miles of cable, over 130 strobe lights, 6 projectors, and 9 fog/haze machines. Without the equipment listed, it’s impossible to create the stunning and believable tricks and illusions you will see in Ghost the Musicalthis week.
Check out this dazzling show, and let us know what you think!