The musical stage adaptation of the 1990 hit movie "Ghost" has arrived in Chicago and fills the stage of the Oriental Theatre with song, dance, theatrical illusions, magic tricks, with video and film projections, the likes of which we've never seen. The problem is, they don't mesh together very well.
The songs are bland and forgettable. The choreography could best be described as contemporary gyrations and although the visual effects are spectacular, they completely overpower the story.
Just in case you don't remember the plot, Sam and Molly are a couple, very much in love, when walking back to their apartment one night they are mugged leaving Sam dead from a gunshot wound. But Sam's ghost arises from his dead body and he realizes that his presence cannot be seen or heard. Somehow he must protect Molly and solve his own murder. When he enlists the help of a psychic medium, the events on stage pick up a bit and there's a rousing production number in the second act, that finally get things going, but it's really too late.
Performances are generally adequate with Carla R. Stewart as the Medium and Brandon Curry as the Subway Ghost taking advantage of their over-the-top characters. And give the team that came up with the illusions and video imagery credit for some spectacular work. But, maybe the concept wasn't a good idea to begin with.
"Ghost The Musical" performs at The Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., thru Jan 19th. Tickets at the Box Office, the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at 800-775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and on line at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
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