OFFBEAT: Broadway in Chicago bringing 'Ghost' to Windy City in 2014

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-06-29T00:00:00Z 2014-06-26T17:30:06Z OFFBEAT: Broadway in Chicago bringing 'Ghost' to Windy City in 2014By Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Broadway In Chicago announced earlier this week the new Broadway and West End production "Ghost: The Musical" will play Chicago's Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, to welcome the new year, playing Jan. 7 to 19, 2014.

It's billed as a chance "to relive the iconic and magical moments" from the Oscar-winning 1990 movie "Ghost" as re-imagined in a brand-new Broadway musical.

"Ghost: The Musical" is directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus and created by a team of Grammy and Academy Award-winners, including an original score by Dave Stewart (half of the multi-Grammy Award-winning Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard. It features a book by Bruce Joel Rubin, who has adapted his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for the stage. The brand new score also includes the iconic song "Unchained Melody," famously performed in the film by The Righteous Brothers.

Set in modern day New York City, "Ghost: The Musical" is described as "a timeless fantasy about the power of love."

Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, characters Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead 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, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in hope of saving and protecting her.

"Ghost: The Musical" has been enjoyed by more than 500,000 people worldwide and has been nominated for numerous awards including five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in 1990, "Ghost" became a blockbuster hit and an instant classic, winning numerous awards worldwide. The film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin's script won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Goldberg won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown.

Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date. For more information, visit or

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