This season, The Regent Theatre is playing host to several big productions and for me, last night’s opening night of Ghost really kicked things off with a bang. The production follows the story from the 1990 film that features the late Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore as the young couple, having only recently moved in together and looking forward to their next chapter in life in the “up and coming” district of Brooklyn who are torn apart when Sam is shot dead in a seemingly senseless street robbery gone wrong and Molly is left alone and heartbroken.
Sam doesn’t “cross over” to the other side and is left in limbo as a ghost who can see and hear everything Molly and his friends around her are doing and feeling and is tormented with his lack of ability to communicate to Molly that he is still there, and he knows she is in danger.
In an act of desperation he seeks out Oda May Brown, the local physic who has long claimed and cashed in on her “gift” and is now for the first time experiencing real physic abilities much to her inconvenience.
Lauren Drew, in the lead role of Molly Jenson, and Andy Moss as Sam really complemented one another on stage and the original music for the production naturally built upon the film so many of us have come to love so it was no mean feat to go up against Patrick Swayze.
Jacqui Dubois, cast as Oda May Brown and stepping into Whoopi Goldberg’s shoes for the role certainly gave some tough competition for Whoopi as her performance was magnificent and her character was extremely likeable and had the audience roaring.
Ghost is on at The Regent, Stoke-on-Trent until Saturday 25th March. Tickets are available from The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/stoke-on-trent/