The Herald Sun reported this week that Ghost the musical, originally set to make its Australian debut next year, has been postponed following poor performance overseas.
The musical, based on the hit 1990 movie starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, closed on Broadway earlier this month with a loss of $15 million. Ghost‘s original run on London’s West End is also set to close ahead of schedule, and will shutter in October.
Last November, Ghost was announced to play in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in August 2013. At the launch, the Victorian Minster for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher, celebrated the advantages of bringing a new show to an Australian city.
“Securing the premiere seasons of major theatre productions helps to reinforce Melbourne’s status as one of the world’s most liveable cities, and provides employment and investment opportunities,” she said.
Producer Louise Withers, who announced the postponement, insists she has every intention of still bringing the show to Australia.
“It’s always disappointing when there is a postponement like this but it’s a very complicated business.”
The complication in this case involves the ground-breaking set projection and illusions created by Paul Kieve. Famously technologically intricate, the Australian premiere of Ghost was set to use the original set from the London run, but will now need to be re-configured for Australian audiences.
“It will take too long to transport [the set] in Australia where the market has to be reduced, based on the shorter seasons the show has had in the UK and the US,” Withers explained.
There have been no new dates announced as of yet. Withers noted that there is intense competition for venues around Australia and that securing new dates at this stage would be difficult.