Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (4/23/2012 - 8/18/2012)

First Preview: Mar 15, 2012
Opening Date: Apr 23, 2012
Closing Date: Aug 18, 2012
Total Previews: 39
Total Performances: 136

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Colin Ingram, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Donovan Mannato, MJE Productions, Patricia Lambrecht and Adam Silberman; Produced in association with Coppel/Watt/Withers/Bewick, Fin Gray/Michael Melnick, Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe, Richard Chaifetz & Jill Chaifetz, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Land Line Productions, Gilbert Productions/Marion/Shahar and Fresh Glory Productions/Bruce Carnegie-Brown; Produced by arrangement with Paramount Pictures Corporation

Book by Bruce Joel Rubin; Music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; Musical Director: David Holcenberg; Music arranged by Christopher Nightingale; Music orchestrated by Christopher Nightingale; Based on the Parmount Pictures film written by Bruce Joel Rubin; "Unchained Melody" written by Hy Zaret and Alex North

Directed by Matthew Warchus; Choreographed by Ashley Wallen; Associate Director: Thomas Caruso; Associate Choreographer: Sunny Walters

Scenic Design by Rob Howell; Costume Design by Rob Howell; Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone; Sound Design by Bobby Aitken; Hair and Wig Design by Campbell Young Associates; Make-Up Design by Campbell Young Associates; Projection Design by Jon Driscoll; Video Design by Jon Driscoll; Associate Scenic Design: Rosalind Coombes and Paul Weimer; Associate Costume Design: Daryl A. Stone; Associate Lighting Design: Tim Lutkin and Joel Shier; Associate Sound Design: Simon King and Garth Helm; Associate Video & Projection Designer: Gemma Carrington and Michael Clark

General Manager: Bespoke Theatricals; Company Manager: Shaun Moorman; Associate Gen. Mgr: Steve Dow; Associate Co. Mgr: Roseanna M. Sharrow

Production Manager: Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: Ira Mont; Stage Manager: Julia P. Jones

Conducted by David Holcenberg; Associate Conductor: Andy Grobengieser; Musical Supervisor: Christopher Nightingale; Keyboard 1: Deborah Abramson; Keyboard 2: Andy Grobengieser; Guitars: Eric B. Davis and JJ McGeehan; Bass: Randy Landau; Drums: Howard Joines; Trumpet: John Reid; Trombone: Bruce Eidem; Woodwinds: Hideaki Aomori; Horn: Zohar Schondorf; Concert Master: Elizabeth Lim-Dutton; Violins: Cenovia Cummins, Jim Tsao and Robin Zeh; Violin/Viola: Jonathan Dinklage and Hiroko Taguchi; Cello: Jeanne LeBlanc

Illusions by: Paul Kieve; Associate Illusionist: Joanie Spina

Fight direction by Terry King; Fight Captain: James Brown III; Dance Captain: James Brown III; Additional Movement Sequences by Liam Steel; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Marketing: SPOTCo, Inc.; Online/Digital Interactive: SPOTCo, Inc.; General Press Representative: The Hartman Group; US Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; UK Casting: David Grindrod; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Moya AngelaClara
Ensemble
Jason BabinskyEnsemble
Michael BalderramaWillie Lopez
Jeremy DavisEnsemble
Sharona D'OrnellasEnsemble
Richard FleeshmanSam Wheat
Josh FranklinEnsemble
Albert GuerzonEnsemble
Afra HinesEnsemble
Carly HughesLouise
Ensemble
Caissie LevyMolly Jensen
Alison LuffEnsemble
Tyler McGeeSubway Ghost
Ensemble
Vasthy MompointEnsemble
Jennifer NobleEnsemble
Bryce PinkhamCarl Bruner
Da'Vine Joy RandolphOda Mae Brown
Joe Aaron ReidEnsemble
Lance RobertsHospital Ghost
Ensemble
Constantine RousouliEnsemble
Jennifer SanchezEnsemble
Daniel J. WattsEnsemble

Swings: Mike Cannon, Stephen Carrasco, Karen Hyland and Jesse Wildman

Understudies: Moya Angela (Oda Mae Brown), Jason Babinsky (Carl Bruner), Mike Cannon (Willie Lopez), Stephen Carrasco (Hospital Ghost), Josh Franklin (Sam Wheat), Afra Hines (Clara, Louise), Carly Hughes (Oda Mae Brown), Alison Luff (Molly Jensen), Vasthy Mompoint (Clara, Louise), Jennifer Noble (Molly Jensen), Joe Aaron Reid (Willie Lopez), Constantine Rousouli (Carl Bruner, Sam Wheat) and Daniel J. Watts (Hospital Ghost, Subway Ghost)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2012 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Da'Vine Joy Randolph

 2012 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Projection Design by Jon Driscoll; Rob Howell

 2012 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Hugh Vanstone

Drama Desk Award

winner 2012 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 

Projection Design by Jon Driscoll; Rob Howell; Special Effects by Paul Kieve

Songs

music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart ,Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1 Sung By
Here Right Now
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Sam and Molly
Unchained Melody
(music by Alex North; lyrics by Hy Zaret )
Sam
More
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Sam, Carl and Ensemble
Three Little Words
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Sam and Molly
You Gotta Let Go
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Hospital Ghost and Ensemble
Are You a Believer?
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Clara, Louise and Oda Mae
With You
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Molly
Suspend My Disbelief/I Had a Life
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Molly, Carl, Sam and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Rain/Hold On
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Molly, Sam and Ensemble
Life Turns on a Dime
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Carl, Molly and Sam
Focus
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Subway Ghost
Talkin' 'Bout a Miracle
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Hospital Ghost, Oda Mae and Ensemble
Nothing Stops Another Day
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Molly
I'm Outta Here
(music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin )
Oda Mae and Ensemble
Unchained Melody (Reprise)
(music by Alex North; lyrics by Hy Zaret )
Sam and Molly

Reviews


AP: "Broadway musical of 'Ghost' is inventively fun with eye-poppingly brilliant effects"

The musical based on the film “Ghost” that just opened on Broadway is said to have originated in London. But it seems to have come from somewhere else: the future.

It starts like a movie with a sweeping tracking shot of Manhattan skyscrapers projected onto a scrim. It has slow-mo fights in subway cars that look like a video game and the back wall explodes throughout the show with dancing digital figures and words. There are even magic tricks. It’s the slickest, most visually appealing musical since the one about a spider dude.

But “Ghost The Musical,” which opened Monday at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, might be a bit too in love with its gee-whiz toys. In a theater full of critics during one recent preview, it pulled a “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” of its own — it had to stop the show midway through Act 2 for about 20 minutes when a prop crashed.

The song being performed at the time? Alas, “Nothing Stops Another Day.”

Though producers say such a delay is unprecedented, it was almost welcome to see such a hiccup, so overproduced and complicated is this work. That’s not necessarily a knock on an inventive show, just nice to see a ghost in the machine.

It’s all led by talented director Matthew Warchus (who may have saved up his special effects hunger from helming the minimal “God of Carnage”) and has a new and pretty score by Dave Stewart (half of the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.”)

It is Ballard and Stewart’s first musical stage score, but it doesn’t sound it at all. The songs keep the story moving and reveal character motives and mix up styles nicely. Some of the songs are so glorious — “Here Right Now” and “Suspend My Disbelief/I Had a Life” — they may win you over by the time the pottery wheel comes out in Act 2.

They’ve also smartly dealt with “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers’ recording that was at the core of the film. The composers have rightly embraced it, but in clever snatches: A Spanish version plays in one scene, there’s a jokey acoustic version played by one of the characters in another, and a few bars of the original are later heard on a radio.

The book by Bruce Joel Rubin stays close to the 1990 film and for good reason: Rubin wrote the film’s screenplay, too. In the monster movie hit, Patrick Swayze played a ghost trying to communicate with his girlfriend — played by Demi Moore — through a fake psychic — played by Whoopi Goldberg — in hopes of saving her from his murderer. (The musical marks the second show currently on Broadway with a part originated by Goldberg, which begs the question: When will “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” get here?)

In the new musical, Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy make convincing young lovers Sam and Molly, though the muscular Fleeshman should be told that screaming his lines as a ghost is, um, overkill. Maybe he’s angry because a blue light is always shining in his face now that’s he’s dead. Levy is thoroughly convincing as a heartbroken woman and her “With Me” is achingly lovely.

Bryce Pinkham plays the villain with panache, a ball of nerves and desperation. But newcomer Da'vine Joy Randolph as the psychic Oda Mae Brown is a sassy hoot and the audience misses her when she's not on stage. Her song "I'm Outta Here" is a bring-down-the-roof romp.

Choreography by Ashley Wallen emphasizes jerky moves with sudden stops in mid-stride to echo our nonstop, frazzled modern lives. There's plenty of use of the stage's mechanical walkways; huge sets slide in and out and fire escapes fly up and down. There's also plenty of smoke. Unfortunately, though, some of the creative team has clearly watched "City of Angels" way too much.

Jon Driscoll has gone into overdrive with projections – there's great snow and rain, crystal-clear cityscapes and stock tickers, and he's also paired real dancers with digital ones that resemble those figures who slink around in the opening sequence of James Bond films.

It all comes together – computers, dancers, projections and illusions by Paul Kieve – thrillingly in two subway scenes between Sam and a subterranean ghost, who later turns out to be an angry deranged rapper in the mold of Eminem. Those sequences are eye-poppingly brilliant.

There are also smartly imagined moments whenever new ghosts are made that include mannequins, misdirection and lots of bright lights like fireflies. The way bad guys get sucked into hell right after they're killed seems awful and scary, but the visual trickery is astonishing. Sam and Molly's final dance – thanks to Oda Mae – is nicely done and a low-tech welcome after all the neon and hydraulics.

Sam's final, drawn-out goodbye ignited clapping for its visual beauty – going to heaven looks really, really cool even if the dialogue ("See ya" and "Bye") is somewhat lacking.

But there are some clear missteps, notably the character of the hospital ghost who greets the dead Sam right after his murder. The ghost, which has been reworked since London, still isn't right, an odd combination of vaudeville and soul that doesn't fit this shocking moment.

Overall, it's an ambitious, carefully orchestrated work that raises the bar on technological innovation. In London, "Ghost The Musical" has become a hit. How will a Broadway audience likely respond? Ditto.


AP
04/23/2012

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

(4/23/2012 - 8/18/2012)
Assistant Stage Mgr: Cody Renard Richard(Aug 7, 2012 - Aug 12, 2012).


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