From screen to stage: Ghost is out of this world

Rebecca Trehearn as Molly Jensen and Stewart Clarke as Sam Wheat in Ghost at the Liverpool Empire until February 22

Rebecca Trehearn as Molly Jensen and Stewart Clarke as Sam Wheat in Ghost at the Liverpool Empire until February 22

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THE stage musical version of the much-loved film from 1990 is a world-wide hit and once you experience the superb, stunning and breath-taking special effects you will understand why, writes Peter Grant.

Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore as Sam and Molly respectively, stole a lot of hearts with their on-screen chemistry as a New York couple enjoying their yuppie life. She, a successful artist, and he. a Wall Street good guy (yes, there are some).

Then tragedy strikes. Sam, played on stage by a gutsy Stewart Clarke, is gunned down and returns to earth to avenge his death and console Mollie, courtesy of the vocally versatile Rebecca Trehearn.

Happy medium Oda - recreating Whoopi Goldberg's screen version - is fleshed out by effervescent actress Wendy Mae Brown.

She is a great go-betweener - who links our heart-broken pair in their supernatural quest.

The music from Eurythmics David Stewart and Glen Ballard offers moving slowies and gospel-styled rockers.

They provide a backdrop to the pivotal theme song - Unchained Melody which is used sensually in the famous potter's wheel scene.

Director Matthew Warchus is spot on throughout guiding all theatrical and visual facets to merge in a seamless production.

The special effects, however, are indeed out of this earthly world.

We soar above the New York skylines and gate-crash a scary subway train ride while also mingling with rain-drenched Big Apple folk holding on to floating umbrellas.

If you enjoyed the classic romantic film you will find this sparkling touring theatre version a welcome and wonderful comeback to your senses.

A standing ovation to a class act said it all.

And the moral remains the same ... tell someone you love them before it's too late. As our celestial hero Sam Would say - Ditto!

9/10 ... High Spirited

Ghost appears at the Empire until Saturday, February 22. Tickets from 0844 871 3017.

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