REVIEW: ‘Ghost’ Makes a Loud Appearance

by Joy Donovan on February 4, 2014

For those thinking of taking in “Ghost the Musical” during its north Texas tour, here’s some advice:

Bring ear plugs.

“Ghost the Musical,” presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (www.dallassummermusicals.com), will run through Feb. 9 at the Musical Hall at Fair Park before it jumps to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. The show, adapted from the Academy Award-winning movie,

It is loud, loud, loud, ringing much beyond rock-concert decibel-level. The female lead, Katie Postotnik, hits most of her notes, which is difficult to do when you’re screaming the lyrics. Add to that a slow-moving plot and only one memorable song, and the result is a long evening.

The show, adapted from the Academy Award-winning movie, is set in modern day New York, and the musical reflects a contemporary edge. Focused on the couple Sam and Molly, the fantasy follows what happens after Sam is murdered, just as in the movie featuring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.

In this stage version, the musical numbers’ multi-media special effects are the most interesting part of this production, but it can’t rescue the entire show.  The best performance comes from comic Carla R. Stewart, who plays the part made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the film, but her comedy is not enough to save the production.

The Righteous Brothers’ song “Unchained Melody” and the pottery scene, both so much a part of the film version of “Ghost,” are a part of the musical, but without nearly the swoony impact of the movie. In fact, what director Matthew Warchus has done with “Ghost the Musical” is really pretty scary.

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