Midwest Weather Snarls First Performance of Ghost The Musical in Chicago

By Adam Hetrick
and Andrew Gans
07 Jan 2014

Steven Grant Douglas
Steven Grant Douglas
Photo by McKindles Photography

The first Chicago performance of the national tour of Ghost the Musical has been postponed after severe weather conditions in the midwest delayed the arrival of stage equipment for the technically elaborate musical.

Ghost was scheduled to begin performances Jan. 7 at the Oriental Theatre, however, transportation issues arose when winter weather delayed transportation of the production's physical elements. Ghost will now begin performances Jan. 8.

Ticketholders may reschedule for another performance during the Chicago run that continues through Jan. 19. All exchanges must be made by Jan. 13. For information on ticket exchanges, click here. 

Based on the film by Bruce Joel Rubin and Paramount Pictures, the touring company features Steven Grant Douglas as Sam Wheat, Katie Postotnik as Molly Jensen, Carla R. Stewart as Oda Mae Brown and Robby Haltiwanger as Carl Bruner.



The tour launched Sept. 14 in Schenectady, NY.

The featured ensemble comprises Fernando Contreras, Brandon Curry, Evette Marie White, Nichole Turner, Hana Freeman and Shannan E. Johnson with Omar Garibay, Susan Leilani Gearou, Tony Johnson, Beth Stafford Laird, Ben Laxton, Jake Vander Linden, Michael McClure, Jack O’Brien, Andrea Rouch and Maria Cristina Slye.

 

The Broadway production of 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 (Matilda, God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, La Bête) staged the production that features special effects by Paul Kieve. The LED scenic design, which gives a fast-paced view of New York City and takes audiences onto a moving subway car, were created by Jon Driscoll.

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 has choreography by Ashley Wallen with musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and video-projection design by Jon Driscoll. David Holcenberg is musical director. Illusions are by Paul Kieve.

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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Robby Haltiwanger and Steven Grant Douglas
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