Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, La Bête), who staged the London production, will repeat his work on Broadway along with the original London design team. Ghost will officially open on Broadway April 23, 2012.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin adapted his original screenplay for the musical, which has music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard. Rubin also contributed lyrics. The score includes "Unchained Melody," which prominently figures into the film.
Producers have also announced an exclusive ticket offer through the New York Times, which runs Nov. 13-30. It will include a free 12-week digital subscription to the publication, as well as its smartphone app.
An additional pre-sale offer will be available through Audience Rewards Dec. 1-5. Tickets for Ghost The Musical go on sale to the general public Dec. 5.
No casting has been announced for the New York production. Richard Fleeshman ("Coronation Street," Legally Blonde) and Caissie Levy (Hair, Wicked) created the roles of Sam and Molly, respectively, in London. Ghost has set and costume design by Rob Howell, choreography by Ashley Wallen with musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and projection design by Jon Driscoll.
Ghost will be produced on Broadway by Colin Ingram Productions Limited and Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Adam Silberman, Land Line Productions, Donovan Mannato, Michael Edwards & Carole Winter in association with Paramount Pictures Corporation and ATG/Robert G. Bartner.
According to producers, "Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. 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."
The original film starred the late Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Whoopi Goldberg earned the Academy Award for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown. "Ghost" also earned the Oscar for Best Screenplay.