Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Broadway Across America - Ghost: The Musical

Last night I took my mother to see Ghost at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio.  This was my Christmas gift to her and seeing shows together has become a bit of a tradition with us for the past few years. Thank goodness for the Broadway Across America series which facilitates tours of popular Broadway revues!

Broadway in San Antonio hosted the musical at the Majestic Theater downtown and as always, the theater is a pleasure for the eyes.

Please excuse the dark photos, but I do love how you can see the theater's lit architecture.

As you may have guessed, Ghost: The Musical is adapted from the screenplay Ghost with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg from 1990.

At first it was hard for me to accept the stage actors as the characters because I've seen the movie so many times.  My resistance didn't last long and I eventually gave in to Steven Grant Douglas as Sam Wheat and Katie Postotnik as Molly Jenson.

They got pretty steamy in the beginning, which made me a wee bit uncomfortable sitting with my mother (but not as uncomfortable as watching La Cage aux Folles).

The director, video/projection designer and illusionist did a fantastic job creating boundaries between the two worlds portrayed in the musical - life and afterlife.  Lighting and sound effects helped create the separation between character Sam Wheat, who is stuck somewhere in between life and Heaven, and Molly Jenson, who is very much alive and grieving his death.

Steven Grant Douglas and Katie Postotnik, Ghost The Musical Tour. © Joan Marcus 2013.

But did the musical create the same romantic sadness of a love that transcends life and death?
It does, but the angst and sorrow are not as acute as in the movie. Don't worry, you'll still get that tightness in your chest when they work together at the pottery wheel to the tune of Unchained Melody. 

Katie Postotnik and Steven Grant Douglas, Ghost The Musical Tour. © Joan Marcus 2013.

And when it's time for Sam to go to Heaven, you'll definitely be fighting back tears.

You'll laugh at the quips of Carla Stewart as pyshic Oda Mae Brown and mourn at the tragedy of the untimely death that forever splits a loving couple.

To see the tour schedule, visit Ghost: The Musical.

Images of actors, source: Joan Marcus via Ghost on Tour.

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