Ghost The Musical National Tour Will Play Chicago in 2014; Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville Also Planned

By Adam Hetrick
June 25, 2013

Ghost The Musical, based on the Academy Award-winning 1990 film about a romance that spans into the afterlifewill play Chicago's Oriental Theatre in early 2014.



The pop spectacle, studded with a series of supernatural effects, premiered in London in 2011 and concluded in the fall of 2012. The Broadway production, which premiered in April 2012 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, shuttered after 136 regular Broadway performances last August.

The national tour will launch Sept. 14 in Schenectady, NY. Additional stops include Cincinnati, OH; Rochester, NY; Buffalo, NY; Providence, RI; Hershey, PA; Atlanta, GA; Durham, NC; New Orleans, LA; East Lansing, MI; Pittsburg, PA; San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; Nashville, TN; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Appleton, WI; Saint Louis, MO; Charlotte, NC; Baltimore, MD; Tampa, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Orlando, FL; Worcester, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Los Angeles, CA; and Costa Mesa, CA.

Casting has not been announced.

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, are 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 set and costume design by Rob Howell, 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.

Here's a look at the Broadway production: