Breaking the chains

Feb 1 2019 | By More

Ghost The Musical returns, unchained

Bill Kenwright’s 2019 tour of Ghost the Musical arrives in Edinburgh with the spectre of its previous visit’s miscasting firmly put to rest, as proper musical theatre stars take over the main roles.

The production, which is on UK tour until May, will play a week a the Festival Theatre from Tuesday 26 February 2019. It stars Rebekah Lowings in the key role of Molly with Niall Sheehy as her husband, Sam, who is murdered one night on the way back to their apartment.

Rebekah Lowings and Niall Sheehy. Pic Pamela Raith Photography

Jacqui Dubois reprises the role of Oda Mae Brown, a phony storefront psychic who Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with, in order to try and save Molly from grave danger.

Oda Mae is the part made famous in the film by Whoopi Goldberg, and which Dubois had to significantly under-sing in the show’s 2016 tour to Edinburgh in order not to overshadow Sarah Harding, who was completely miscast as Molly.

There should be no such problem for Lowings, who has such headline musical theatre roles as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar and the Narrator in Joseph in her CV.

The book of the musical is adapted by Bruce Joel Rubin from his own film script and sees him pick up elements of the film that were simply used as emotional stimuli and reinstates them as proper plot lines.

serious acting chops

That does demand some serious acting chops from the principals, however. Significantly, Lowings also has those by all accounts.

Jacqui Dubois. Pic Pamela Raith Photography

Niall Sheehy, who has roles in Titanic The Musical, Miss Saigon, Les Mis and Wicked to his credit, looks good value as Sam. Not just for the original musical score from the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, but also for the Righteous Brothers classic Unchained Melody which accompanied the film’s iconic moment and which Sam and Molly here sing live.

Further casting includes Sergio Pasquariello as Carl alongside Jules Brown as Willie, James Earl Adair in the haunting role of Hospital Ghost and Lovonne Richards as Subway Ghost. Jochebel Ohene Maccarthy plays Louise and Sadie-Jean Shirley is Clara.

While the star-casting is gone, this is still the production directed by Bob Tomson with design by Mark Bailey that is pared  back from the over-blown and unnecessarily technology-heavy design of the initial productions.

Bruce Joel Rubin said; “This is a show with such a strong emotional and musical life that it can mould to many visions and interpretations. It can be performed on any scale, and its vibrant heart will still captivate an audience and allows the imagination to flourish. It is purely theatrical in the greatest sense.”


Ghost: The Musical
Festival Theatre 13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Tuesday 26 February – Saturday 2 March
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mats Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Details and tickets: Book here.

Ghost the Musical on tour 2019:
Tue 29 January – Sat 1 February Leicester
Curve Theatre
0116 242 3560 Book online
Tue 5 – Sat 9 February Woking
New Victoria Theatre
0844 871 7645 Book online
Tue 12 – Sat 16 February Londonderry
Millennium Forum
028 7126 4455 Book online
Tue 19 – Sat 23 February Brighton
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7650 Book online
Tue 26 – Sat 2 March Edinburgh
Festival Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
Tue 5 – Sat 9 March Chester
01244 409113 Book online
Tue 12 – Sat 16 March Sunderland
0844 871 3022 Book online
Mon 18 – Sat 23 March Cardiff
New Theatre
029 2087 8889 Book online
Mon 25 – Sat 30 March Glasgow
Kings Theatre
0844 871 7648 Book online
Tue 2 – Sat 6 April Carlisle
The Sands Centre
01228 633766 Book online
Tue 9 – Sat 13 April Belfast
Grand Opera House
028 924 1919 Book online
Tue 16 – Sat 20 April Manchester
Palace Theatre
0844 871 3019 Book online
Mon 22 – Sat 27 April Liverpool
0844 871 3017 Book online


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