“Ghost” the motion picture was released in 1990 and instantly became a huge box office and critical success even earning two Academy Awards. It starred Demi Moore, Whoopie Goldberg and my personal friend and fellow pilot the late great Patrick Swayze. Next came the first Broadway production of “Ghost” produced by Colin Ingram, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Donovan Mannato, MJE Productions, Patricia Lambrecht and Adam Silberman in association with Paramount Pictures. Happily it is now at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and it is a great big eye popping jaw dropping work of pure stage wizardry.
From the very first scene it is obvious that the modern stage incarnation of “Ghost” is a special effects spectacle at a level never before seen. At various times it seems more like watching a very good 3 D movie without the stupid glasses. But as amazing as the stage magic truly is it still takes a compelling story and a great cast to make it a genuinely memorable show. “Ghost” has it all including the central theme of two young lovers torn apart by the untimely death of one of them. The cast at the Pantages is a rather young but undeniably magnificent.
Steven Grant Douglas carries his role of Sam Wheat with superb skill, abundant energy and a rich powerful voice. Native Wisconsin girl Katie Postotnik is Molly Jensen and she executes her role with total poise and an elegant grace backed by a unique but pure golden voice. However, it is Chicagoan Carla R. Stewart who steals the show as the corrupt physic Oda Mae Brown. Her wild yet lovable antics kept the audience roaring in laughter. You just can’t get enough of Oda.
So there it is, a compelling heart wrenching story, told by a true star level cast delivering mystery, drama and humor wrapped in the most mind blowing special effects ever brought to any stage anywhere. I do not hesitate in reporting sincerely and without qualification that “Ghost” currently at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood is one of the finest and most entertaining musicals currently on stage.
The only thing “Ghost” lacks is time at venue; now through July 13th so do not hesitate you do not want to miss this show. Show times are Tuesday through Friday at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sundays at 1 pm and 6:30 pm. Reservations may be made on line at: HollywoodPantages.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787. Do make your reservation, do go and thoroughly enjoy the show, but do leave the under 12 year old kids at home. Were it a movie it would probably have a PG-13 rating.
Of course many theatre goers like to start their evening with a nice preshow dinner. There are several five star restaurants very close to the Pantages; do check them out at: http://hollywoodpantages.com/dining-guide.
My long time personal favorite is Delphine at the W Hotel. Their food is always excellent and their level of truly friendly service is always at peak. But they will also validate your valet parking ticket at the W taking the cost to a mere $8, a price unheard of in Los Angeles. Wow! Mouth watering cuisine, real friendly and top drawer service and one of the best musicals in the world all right here and right now. Do not miss this.
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Copyright 2014 Ron Irwin