Following the announcement that former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding will make her musical theatre debut this autumn opposite soap star Andy Moss in Bill Kenwright’s new production of Ghost the Musical, further casting has been revealed.
West End musical theatre star Jacqui Dubois (original London cast of Rent and Children of Eden, other credits include The Lion King, Fela and most recently People, Places and Things) will join Harding and Moss as Oda Mae Brown, the part made famous in the film by Whoopi Goldberg. Sam Ferriday (Jersey Boys, Blue Man Group, The Prodigals) will play Carl; Leo Sene will play Willie and James Earl Adair will haunt proceedings as the Hospital Ghost, alongside Gary Lee Netly as the‘Subway Ghost. Tarisha Rommick will play Louise and Simbi Akande is Clara. Completing the cast will be Lori Baker, Ethan Bradshaw, Lauren Drew, Matthew Vinetot, Mike Ward and Kelly Hampson.
Billed as ‘Unchained and Reimagined’, the new version of the show which has a book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin based on his original film screenplay, with music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballard, will be directed by Bob Tomson. The UK autumn tour opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 1 September.
Announcing the production Kenwright said: “Ghost is a story full of hope, and is one of those films which never leaves you. The book by Bruce Joel Rubin and score by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballad come together wonderfully in one of my favourite new musicals in years.”
Rubin added: “This is a show with such a strong emotional and musical life that it can mould to many visions and interpretations. It can be performed on any scale, and its vibrant heart will still captivate an audience and allow the imagination to flourish. It is purely theatrical in the greatest sense. We are very excited by the potential that the new version holds and elated it will tour the UK with Bill Kenwright.”
Ghost’s UK tour is due to take in dates in Bristol, Birmingham, Sunderland, Blackpool, Cardiff, Manchester, Oxford, Dublin, Leeds, Edinburgh and Nottingham.