Bruce Joel Rubin wrote the book and lyrics of "Ghost the Musical" while music and additional lyrics were written by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Based on the hit 1990 romantic drama of the same name, the musical had its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester in March 2011. "Ghost" then began its West End premiere in summer 2011. A Broadway transfer opened in April 2012.
The plot centers on lovers Sam and Molly, who are attacked as they are returning to their apartment. When Sam dies, he becomes caught between the real world and the next. 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.
Charles Isherwood, in his review of the Broadway production for The New York Times, called the musical a "thrill-free singing theme-park ride" and went on to write, "the show relies mostly on elaborate video imagery, modestly ingenious special effects and the familiarity of its ectoplasmic romance to entertain."
The New York Daily News reviewer wrote, "gee-whiz illusions a specter seemingly walks through a door, for instance, lavish light displays and supersized projections are the main attractions of this English import."
In a more positive vein, a talkinbroadway.com reviewer wrote, "Librettist-lyricist Bruce Joel Rubin and composer-lyricists Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard have written one of the finest film-to-stage adaptations in current memory, which Matthew Warchus has directed with energy and passion. Add in a better-than-necessary cast led by U.K. actor Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy, both of whom originated their roles in London, and you have an evening that startles with just how good it is."
Time: 8 p.m., May 15-16, 22
Tickets: 280-980 yuan
Venue: Shenzhen Poly Theater, intersection of Wenxin Road 5 and Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District (南山区后海滨路与文心五路交界处深圳保利剧院)
Metro: Shekou Line, Houhai Station (后海站), Exit E