Bill Kenwright’s ‘BEAUTIFUL’ and ‘SPECTACULAR’ production of GHOST – THE MUSICAL returns to the UK in 2019, following a spectacular international tour in Dubai, Istanbul and Trieste. And it’s on it’s way to the Millennium Forum, Derry from Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th February 2019.
Double Academy Award-winning movie Ghost is a huge success story, both critically and at the box-office, where it was the highest grossing film in the year of its release. It starred the late Patrick Swayze alongside Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg, and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin’s script won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film’s most iconic and moving scene was famously performed to The Righteous Brother’s Unchained Melody, which also features in the musical version.
Being an avid fan of the movie, this North West Culture Gal was already excited about the impending visit to Derry, and seeing one of my favourite movies from those teenage years, on stage. It was a very good Thursday today as I got to speak with one of the lead actors, Rebekah Lowings who plays Molly in the show. It may as well have been Demi Moore, I was interviewing Molly!
Rebekah was just in the middle of putting on her make-up for this afternoons show in Sheffield when we spoke. And she kindly took the time to talk me through the show and her experience of it to date. Rebekah told me, “this is our fourth show in Sheffied and we’re settling in nicely. The Sheffield audience are just incredible.” I assured her the Derry audience would be incredible too.
Has Lowings ever been to Derry before? “No, I haven’t been to Derry and I’m really excited about coming,” she said.
The character of Molly in Ghost is a huge one. Does Rebekah feel it’s a big part, or is it just another job? “This is a huge part to play. It’s a big pressure knowing the role originated with Demi Moore.”
Lowings co-star in GHOST – THE MUSICAL, is Niall Sheehy (Titanic the musical, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Wicked) as Sam. Do they posses the chemistry required for this iconic couple? “The chemistry comes naturally,” Rebekah assured me. “We found our common ground and we do enjoy it.”
Is there a favourite part of the show that she enjoys most? “We were just talking about this earlier today. It has to be the end. There’s a few things there, but you have to wait and see, but is nice to have a final goodbye. It’s really great.” Everything she tells me about the show is making me want to see it more.
Lowings has starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar. How does this new role differ, if at all? “The others started out as musicals, this started out as a movie. GHOST songs are an extension of the script and it’s so well done. The other shows were totally sung, this is different. GHOST is done just beautifully.” Again, she just makes you want to see it as soon as possible.
As Rebekah was getting ready to go on stage, I asked her one final question. Why should people come see GHOST, THE MUSICAL in Derry? “Everyone needs hope. This show brings hope and it brings love. Everyone has lost someone or something along the way. Everyone can therefore feel that feeling from the show. It’s just a very touching story and a very beautiful story,” she said.
If there was ever any doubt that I shouldn’t go see this show, or that I might not have time, they were all quashed with this chat today. GHOST – THE MUSICAL, this gal is very excited.
There will be a special Audio Described performance of GHOST – THE MUSICAL in Derry on the 14th February. This will allow customers who may be blind or have sight problems to avail of headsets where they will have a full description of what’s happening on the stage. A wonderful initiative from The Millennium Forum.