GHOST WILL SPOOK YOU AND YOU’LL BE GLAD!

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By Jack Wright
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Ghost the Musical is special, what with Oscar-award winning playwright Bruce Joel Rubin’s book and lyrics, and Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard’s music and lyrics.

Based on the hit 1990 romantic fantasy thriller film of the same name, the musical world-premiered at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England in March 2011. Ghost then opened in the West End  on 19 July. It toured the UK in 2013, after the London production closed in October 2012. A Broadway transfer opened in April 2012.

Eighteen countries on three Continents later (better late than never!) Ghost will finally make it to Spain. Its inaugural staging will be at the Palacio Euskalduna Jauregia in Bilbao starting 21 August, during the Aste Nagusia. (Aste Nagusia is the main festival of Bilbao, the Basque Country, celebrated annually over 9 days. In 2019, it’s going to be between 17 and 25 August.)

Official premiere will be in Madrid in October, at the Teatro EDP on Gran Via, running throughout the 2019-2020 season.

The plot: The musical revolves around lovers Sam and Molly who are attacked as they are returning to their apartment. When Sam dies he is caught between life on earth and the afterlife. Molly is in danger and Sam cannot leave her. A medium, Oda Mae Brown, helps Sam to get in touch with Molly to warn her.

The music:
Here Right Now (Opening Act I)
Unchained Melody I
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Three Little Words
Sam’s Death & Higher Spirits
Ball Of Wax
Funeral
Are You A Believer
With You
Suspend My Disbelief / I Had A Life (Act I Finale)
Rain/Hold On (Act 2 Opening)
Unchained Melody: Radio
Life Turns On A Dime
Focus
Talkin’ ‘Bout A Miracle
Nothing Stops Another Day
I’m Outta Here
Unchained Melody (Dance)
Ascensión (Act 2 Finale)

Gran Via, Madrid/Nicolas Vigier

Cast, Spanish production (17 in all):
Molly: Cristina LLorente
Sam: Roger Berruezo
Carl: Christian Sánchez
Oda Mae: Ela Ruiz
As ensemble: Joan Mas as thief Willy; Oscar Albert as the restless ghost in the Metro; Esteban Oliver as the ghost in the hospial; plus Javier Santos, Alex Arce, Pedro Martel, Juls Sosa, Natalia Salim, Laura Castrillon, María José Arcas and Elisabet Molet.

Spanish producer: LetsGo Co.