PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes With Ghost the Musical's "Subway Ghost" Tyler McGee
By Matthew Blank
After 136 performances, Ghost The Musical closed on Broadway Aug. 18. Tyler McGee, who played the rapping "Subway Ghost," documented one of the final performance days for Playbill.com. He shares his scenic motorcycle commute, other-worldly make-up chair transformation and other backstage antics.
A U.S. national tour will launch in fall 2013, with plans for productions in Korea, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Japan, China and Australia.
Ghost The Musical received Tony Award nominations for Best Lighting (Hugh Vanstone), Best Scenic Design (Rob Howell, Jon Driscoll) and Best Featured Actress (Da'Vine Joy Randolph).
Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, La Bête) staged the production.
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 also includes "Unchained Melody," which prominently figures into the film.
Ghost was produced on Broadway by Colin Ingram Productions Limited and Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Adam Silberman, Donovan Mannato, Michael Edwards & Carole Winter, Patricia Lambrecht in association with Paramount Pictures Corporation.
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.
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