Bristol Hippodrome 

Ghost August 2013

Although this is a must-see musical there is something missing from Ghost the new show which opened at the Bristol Hippodrome this week.

The iconic scene from the film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore with the phallic potter’s wheel doesn’t happen.

This would probably have been impossible to recreate on stage but it did leave you wishing.

However, what it lacked in the love-in it more than made up with the sensational lighting illusions.

And for the chick-flick fans, yes, it still makes you cry!

The very best bits from the stage version are the special effects especially in the subway scene with its clever use of celluloid images.

I really enjoyed the main train moment with the actors jumping menacingly around a subway carriage.

Depending on which generation you belonged to the murmurs from the audience as they left the theatre on Tuesday night included ‘fabulous’, ‘awesome’ and ‘gob- smacking’.

The cast were brilliant with top praise for handsome hunk Stewart Clarke as the halfway-to-heaven ghost Sam Wheat and the comic caricature of clairvoyant Oda Mae Brown as portrayed by the aptly named Wendy Mae Brown.

Rebecca Trehearn as the bereaved Molly Jensen had a few first night voice wobbles but still managed to carve out a great performance.

Steve Hutchinson plays the archaic punk subway ghost with anger management problems and is fantastically fearsome.

The interpretation of New York loft living and the dance movements from the street scenes are perfect.

Based on the phenomenal 1990s Oscar winning movie this is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.

Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer.

It is a rollercoaster ride of romance and comedy with dazzling state-of-the-art staging.With music and lyrics by Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics, and Glen Ballard it features the classic love song Unchained Melody.

Ghost The Musical runs for three weeks until Saturday, September 14.

Carol Deacon