A piece of advice to all movie execs hell-bent on re-making beloved Patrick Swayze movies: Make them into a Broadway musicals instead! There’s no way that the news of the musical version of Ghost, which has been playing to good reviews at London’s West End and is headed to the Great White Way this spring, will upset people even half as much as the idea of an upcoming Dirty Dancing big-screen reboot did. On film, the role of the slain Sam Wheat will forever belong to Swayze, but on stage, the part can be given new life, without taking away from the magic of one of the greatest tearjerkers of all-time.
Starting with previews in March of next year, Ghost the Musical is set to open at New York City’s Nederlander Theater in April. But, if you still find yourself rolling your eyes at the concept (I’m personally kind of intrigued by the possibility of a “Get Off My Train!” number and wonder how they’ll pull off those creepy soul-grabbing ghouls that take Carl to his rightful place), it’s fair to say the show has, at least, landed in good hands. Directed by Tony-winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), the show has music and lyrics courtesy of Dave Stewart (the non-Annie Lennox half of the Eurythmics), Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill), and Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote the original Oscar-winning screenplay for Ghost.
While Ghost the Musical features all original songs, there is still an homage to The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” because, honestly, how could there not be?! (However, no word regarding any renditions of “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am” in the show. Consider yourself lucky, Oda Mae Brown!) Check out the preview from the UK production below:
Thoughts, PopWatchers? Do you think Ghost will make for a good movie-turned-musical, à la Sister Act and Catch Me If You Can? Can it even begin to do the classic romance justice or should they have just left it as is? Is it weird seeing Molly with long hair? Are you at least glad to see there’s still some sexy pottery going on? Ditto. Share your feelings on Ghost the Musical in the comments section below.