An eye-popping show which will lift your spirits
THIS is brilliant, awe-inspiring, eye-popping, heart-wrenching, dazzling, first-class entertainment.
Ghost the Musical has truly brought London's West End to Bristol.
Put simply this is a 100 per cent musical-theatre gem.
We may have all seen the movie but this takes the story to another dimension.
It will truly blow you away.
And if you do not fight back the tears at the end, then you have not got a heart.
What we have here is a production polished with infinite care and delivered with perfect timing and full of "How did they do that?" moments.
Forget sentimental – this works because you will believe in Sam and Molly's love and Carl's treachery.
Everything here is done with real class.
Even the much-parodied potter's wheel moment is presented with subtlety and with thought. It could have been cliched but it was gentle and moving.
Then there are special effects the like of which you will rarely have seen before. There are all delivered with such precision – but the subway train and Carl's haunting are stunning.
But as good as they are, this is a production built on the four fantastic performances of its stars. Rebecca Trehearn and Stewart Clarke are a wonderful pairing as lovers Sam and Molly.
She sings with such emotion it breaks your heart. And he as the anguished ghost is captivating.
Set against them is David Roberts, who is brilliant as friend and betrayer Carl.
And then of course there is Oda Mae Brown the medium.
Wendy Mae Brown is a force of nature, exuberant and fun, and lightening the mood. She got a massive cheer at the end.
And watch out for Stevie Hutchinson's marvellous portrayal of the subway ghost.
There are 15 songs from David Stewart and Glen Ballard during this show as well as the 1955 hit Unchained Melody from the original film. And they are delivered with real panache.
This is a superb, breathtaking, fantastic production.
It runs until September 9. If you can, do go to see it. You will leave on an emotional high and you will be talking about it for years to come.