Ghost the Musical: London stars Richard Fleeshman & Caissie Levy to reprise roles for B'way
Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy who originated the lead roles of 'Sam Wheat' and 'Molly Jensen,' respectively, in the London production of Ghost the Musical will reprise their roles on Broadway when the show opens at the Lunt-Fontane Theatre on 23 Apr 2012, following previews from 15 Mar 2012.
The duo will be joined by Bryce Pinkham as 'Carl Bruner' and bh Da'Vine Joy Randolph as 'Oda Mae Brown,' who are both new to the musical.
Richard Fleeshman (Sam Wheat) originated the role of 'Sam' in both the West End and world premier Manchester productions of Ghost the Musical. He made his West End debut last year playing 'Warner' as part of the original cast of 'Legally Blonde' (Savoy Theatre). Ghost the Musical will mark Richard's Broadway debut.
Caissie Levy (Molly Jensen) originated the role of 'Molly' in both the West End and world premier Manchester productions of Ghost the Musical. Most recently, she starred as 'Sheila' in the 2009 Tony Award winning Broadway revival of 'Hair,' reprising her role in the subsequent West End transfer. Other Broadway credits include: 'Elphaba' in 'Wicked' (Broadway u/s) and 'Penny Pingleton' in 'Hairspray.'
Bryce Pinkham (Carl Bruner) made his Broadway debut in the musical 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.' Off-Broadway he appeared in all three parts of Horton Foote's 'The Orphans' Home Cycle' (Signature Theater/Hartford Stage).
Da'Vine Joy Randolph (Oda Mae Brown) makes her Broadway debut in Ghost the Musical She received her bachelor's from Temple University in classical vocal performance and transitioned into acting by attending Yale School of Drama for her Masters.
Ghost the Musical is based on the 1990 Academy winning film "Ghost," adapted by Bruce Joel Rubin from his original screen play. Ghost the Musical, is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus ('God of Carnage,' 'The Norman Conquests,' 'Boeing-Boeing'), and has a new, original score by Grammy Award winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The score includes the song 'Unchained Melody,' performed in the film by The 'Righteous Brothers.'
Complete Broadway casting will be announced at a later date.
Ghost the Musical: Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.
Set and costume designs are by Rob Howell, choreography is by Ashley Wallen with musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and projection design by Jon Driscoll.
Ghost the Musical will be produced on Broadway by Colin Ingram Productions Limited and David Garfinkle with Adam Silberman; Land Line Productions, Donovan Mannato, Michael Edwards & Carole Winter in association with Paramount Pictures Corporation and ATG/Robert G. Bartner.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in 1990, "Ghost" became a blockbuster hit and an instant classic, winning numerous awards worldwide. The film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker.
Bruce Joel Rubin's script won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown.
Ghost the Musical opened in London's West End at the Piccadilly Theatre on 19 Jul 2011 to mixed, but mostly positive reviews: Enthralling (Londontheatre.co.uk); Highly entertaining (Daily Telegraph); Certainly has plenty of dazzle (Evening Standard).
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