“It’s like a rock concert infused with this romantic story line,” according to actor Steven Grant Douglas, who plays Sam Wheat in Ghost the Musical, coming to Houston courtesy of Gexa Energy Broadway. “It’s about what it means to love somebody and to take things for granted. Don’t take your life for granted and not tell the people that you love you love them.” The basic plot remains the same as the one of the iconic 1990 movie (remember the pottery scene?) starring Patrick Swayze as Wheat. He dies and hangs around as a ghost trying to save his love, Molly, (Demi Moore in the movie) until he finally moves on. It was the hit movie of the year (Whoopi Goldberg played the psychic and won an Oscar) and “Unchained Melody” got a new life.
In 2011, Bruce Joel Rubin (who’d been the movie’s screenwriter) wrote the book and lyrics for the musical with additional music and lyrics by Dave Stewart (half of the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (co-writer on Jagged Little Pill). Douglas said many people have told him they like watching it live better, especially to see how the illusions — fairly easy to carry out in a movie — work on stage and the special effects employed as a person walks through a door.
800 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
Category: Music Venues
Region: Downtown/ Midtown
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through February 23. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information call 713-315-2525 or visit thehobbycenter.org. $30 to $112.15.
Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: Feb. 18. Continues through Feb. 23, 2014