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Ghost the Musical - a tough assignment with plenty of spirit
Translating a movie to a successful stage musical is a huge task, and in this case a not entirely successful one. The need for a chorus of singers and dancers for the big numbers is unavoidable, but the whole be-suited-New-Yorkers-in-a-hurry thing was a tad overdone by show's end.
The performances of the two leads was workmanlike but the standout performance by a country mile was that of Wendy Mae Brown as the disconcertingly similarly-named Oda Mae Brown. Her over-the-top portrayal of the dodgy psychic with a heart of gold provided much-needed comic relief despite the stereotyping.
The movie/stage segue was reinforced at the start by the use of film footage to emphasise the onstage action, and not in any subtle way. However, the use of computer-generated graphics to enhance the ghostly special effects, especially in the subway scenes, was sublime.