“Molly – you in danger girl” was the line I was waiting to hear in Ghost The Musical and it didn’t disappoint!
And that’s because though it’s rare for a musical to capture the same comedy tone as a film which was such a massive hit, last night hit it was.
When I say the original film was a hit I don’t exaggerate. In fact it outgrossed every other film released in the same year taking in more the $500 million worldwide.
So following in such gigantic footsteps is a massive task yet last night’s highly entertaining show at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre managed to capture the whole essence of the original film.
Truth be told, though I thoroughly enjoyed watching it I would have preferred it as a show with no songs. Musical-less, if you will.
The premise to Ghost is simple so without any spoilers – Sam and Molly are a couple of lovebirds who’ve just bought a warehouse-style apartment in Brooklyn and life is blissful. Molly is a pottery artist and Sam is a banker.
One night they walk home from Molly’s pottery exhibition, a mugging goes fatally wrong and Sam is killed.
But due to some unfinished business Sam’s ghost is prevented from moving on. He visits Molly though can’t communicate with her but overhears a conversation revealing her life is in danger. So shrewd Sam seeks help from a spiritualist so he can relay his fears.
In the original film Oda Mae, the spiritualist, is played by actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg.
Last time I mentioned Whoopi, it was as the star in the nun/gangster (never thought I’d see these two words side by side) comedy film Sister Act.
Sister Act the musical show was staged in Glasgow last year and starred Alexandra Burke who clearly has an amazing hallelujah gospel-style singing voice but not much else.
I’d also mentioned how incredibly hard it is to follow on from a role Whoopi makes her own.
So last night I sat and watched with trepidation expecting some great songs and a similar storyline to the film but certainly not a patch on the original.
I didn’t prepare myself for Jacqui Dubois who took on the mighty role as the spiritualist Oda Mae.
Oda is a bundle of Harlem-stlye vibrance with a ‘who you talkin to fool’ type attitude.
Sam tries to tell Oda Mae what to say to Molly but Oda has her own way of telling things like it is.
Sam says, “Tell Molly she’s in danger.”
Oda to Sam: “Don’t tell me what to say!” then Oda to Molly, “Molly, you in danger girl”.
It’s simplistic comedy truly is laugh out loud and Oda’s flamboyant nature and style would put a smile on anyone’s face.
The last song before the end of the first act, ‘Suspend My Disbelief/ I Had A Life’ is a perfect uplifting teaser to make you look forward to the second act. The rest of the songs by Molly are lacklustre but understandably must be to mirror her sadness but the fast pace of the songs to mirror the Wall Street-style financial building where Sam works and the gospel arm waving songs at Oda Mae’s ‘work’ keep the show moving on.
For the storyline, Oda Mae and a good chunk of the songs, it’s a great theatre night out!
by Susie Daniels
Ghost The Musical on at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre from now until April 1st.