After an extensive audition and casting process by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus, the producers of Ghost The Musical have confirmed the full cast of their upcoming musical.
As previously announced, the supernatural power of love will explode onto the Australian stage on 7 January 2016 headed by Wicked alumni Rob Mills as ‘Sam Wheat’ and Jemma Rix as ‘Molly Jensen’ and Helpmann Award winner Alex Rathgeber (Anything Goes) as ‘Carl Bruner’. British theatrical and television actress Wendy Mae Brown will join the company as ‘Oda Mae Brown’, the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990 film.
The Australian tour cast also includes, Ross Chisari as Willie Lopez; 2015 Rob Guest Endowment Finalist Blake Appleqvist, David Denis, Nicholas Eaton, Xander Ellis, Simon Fairweather, Samantha Hagen, Childi Mbakwe, Joshua Mulheran, Justine Puy, Elenoa Rokobaro, Monique Sallé, Drew Weston as well as Lydia Warr and Evette White direct from the US and Asian tour productions.
Set in modern day New York City, Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, whom he learns is in grave danger. With the help of Oda Mae, a phony storefront psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.
Having played to over a millions people in Manchester, London’s West End, on Broadway, in Manila and on tour Ghost employs special effects and illusions never before seen in an on-stage musical. The Australian production will see a modified touring set which features all the same illusions as the West End and Broadway productions, but with slight modifications allowing the production to tour easily.
With book and lyrics by Academy Award winner Bruce Joel Rubin and original music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winners, Dave Stewart (half of the multi-Grammy Award-winning Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill) the score of Ghost also includes the iconic song ‘Unchained Melody’, written by Hy Zaret and Alex North and famously performed in the film by The Righteous Brothers.
Ghost The Musical opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide from Thursday 7 January 2016. Subsequent seasons include:
Regent Theatre, Melbourne from Friday 5 February 2016
Theatre Royal, Sydney from Friday 18 March 2016
Crown, Perth from Saturday 21 May 2016