Theater: 'Ghost the Musical' revisits a romance

05:00 AM, Oct 06, 2013

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League brings Ghost the Musical to the Auditorium Theatre beginning Tuesday. (©2013 Joan Marcus)/


Written By Debbie Waltzer

If you go

What:
Ghost the Musical.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St.
Cost: $32.50 to $67.50.
For tickets: 1-(800)-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Get ready for some magic, Rochester. Ghost The Musical, featuring illusions by Paul Kieve — who has worked on Broadway shows Pippin and Matilda the Musical and all seven of the Harry Potter movies — opens Tuesday at the Auditorium Theatre.

When world-famous illusionist David Copperfield saw Ghost on Broadway, he publicly praised the illusions and said he experienced “wonder.”

The illusions and special effects involve two 25 foot-high LED screens, 130 strobe lights, six projectors and nine fog machines help tell the story of the supernatural power of love, made famous in Ghost, the 1990 blockbuster movie, starring Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and the late Patrick Swayze.

The plot centers on characters Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen, lovers who are mugged while returning to their New York City apartment one night after a romantic dinner. Sam dies during the attack, then is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next, rendering him unable to leave Molly, who he learns is in grave danger.

With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Sam attempts to communicate with Molly in the hopes of protecting and saving her.

The show feels very real,” says Steven Grant Douglas, who plays the role of Sam in this national tour.

Audiences are responding so positively. The show is a great testament to the importance of telling people that we love them — before it’s too late,” Douglas adds.

Douglas, who grew up in a small town in Minnesota, is the youngest of three sons and as a child sang show tunes from The Lion King and Aladdin with his mom at bedtime, Douglas has played roles ranging from Roger in Rent and Princeton in Avenue Q.

Douglas and his co-star Katie Postotnik, who plays Molly, met during callbacks in New York and wished each other good fortune.

They, along with actors Carla R. Stewart, who plays the psychic Oda Mae Brown, and Robby Haltiwanger, who plays Sam’s co-worker Carl Bruner, have formed a tight professional bond, Douglas notes.

It’s a magnificent show, both musically and visually,” Douglas says. “We all know what is like to lose somebody and what it takes to cope with that. The show will inspire audience members — and they will be humming the tunes as they leave.”