August 25th, 2011
05:12 PM ET
Hollywood producers aren't the only ones reaching back in time for inspiration. The 1990 film "Ghost" has been adapted into a musical currently running on London's West End, and will hit the Broadway stage in early 2012.
In the film, Sam and Molly (Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore) are walking home when Sam is gunned down in the street in a seemingly botched robbery. Stuck between worlds, Sam soon realizes his death was a premeditated murder plotted by his best friend and colleague, Carl (Tony Goldwyn). He sticks by Molly's side, unbeknownst to her, when he realizes she's in danger.
When Sam finds that storefront clairvoyant Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) can hear him, he uses Brown to contact Molly.
Seeing "Ghost" in the theater at the age of 12, I was given false hope that all Manhattanites live in huge loft apartments (confirmed later by NBC's "Friends" and "Mad About You") and that Japanese apple pears are available on every street corner. It also made me think New York City was much more dangerous than it actually is. I've lived in Manhattan for seven years, and in reality, my apartment is smaller than my cubicle, I have yet to eat a Japanese apple pear, and I've never even HEARD a gunshot, let alone witnessed a shooting. I have yet to find out whether "Ghost's" take on the afterlife is true or not. I sure hope I never get visited by those TERRIFYING shadow-demons.
Often described as a romance/fantasy/thriller, "Ghost" is rarely recognized for what it really is - a comedy. Most of the comic relief was provided by Whoopi Goldberg, who more than earned her Oscar. Who can forget her one-liners such as, "Molly, you in danger girl"; "Damn baby, what'd you do to yo hair?" and "I know you don't think I'm giving this $4 million to a bunch of nuns!"
I remember re-enacting the less-famous "What'd the doctor say about your cough" elevator scene with my best friend in junior high.
"Ghost" won the Oscar for best original screenplay, and of course Goldberg won the best supporting actress Academy Award. The stage show, which is currently running in London's Piccadilly Theatre, features all-new original music, save for the film's iconic pottery wheel scene song, "Unchained Melody." Sadly, "I'm Henry the VIII, I am" does not appear on the cast recording.
Too bad the pottery craze that art supply stores were no doubt banking on didn't quite sweep the nation... but perhaps "Ghost" did lead, in part, to the idea of humans having romantic relationships with supernatural beings, e.g. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Twilight."
What's your favorite scene from "Ghost?"
What are some of your other favorite tales of supernatural romance?
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