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Ghost The Musical cast announced at Piccadilly Theatre
Casting has been announced for Ghost the Musical, which opens at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre 19 July 2011, following previews from 22 June - booking to 28 Jan 2012.
(The show will open at Opera House, Manchester, in north England (28 March – 14 May 2011), prior to its run in London at the Piccadilly Theatre.)
Cast includes Richard Fleeshman (Sam Wheat), Caissie Levy (Molly Jensen), Sharon D Clarke (Oda Mae Brown), Andrew Langtree (Carl Bruner), Ivan de Freitas (Willie Lopez), Adebayo Bolaji (Subway Ghost), Mark Pearce (Hospital Ghost), Lisa Davina Phillip (Clara) and Jenny Fitzpatrick (Louise). Jaygan Ayeh, Paul Ayres, Darren Carnall, Rochelle Neil, Michael Peters, Laura Selwood, Yemie Sonuga, Spencer Stafford, Phillipa Stefani, Jez Unwin, Sally Whitehead.
Ghost the Musical has music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Bruce Joel Rubin will adapt his original screen play for the stage and write lyrics.
It is directed by Matthew Warchus, designed by Rob Howell, musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, illusions are by Paul Kieve, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, choreography by Ashley Wallen, and sound by Simon Baker.
Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with his girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer. Ghost, based on the Paramount pictures film, will feature new music and lyrics as well as the classic Unchained Melody.
Richard Fleeshman, who has recently ended a run in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy, is best known on TV for his roles in Coronation Street in which he played Craig Harris for four years and, more recently, Debbie Horsefield's All the Small Things for the BBC. As a musician Fleeshman was the youngest contestant to win ITV's Stars in Their Eyes Celebrity Special. Later, in 2006, he won ITV's Soapstar Superstar. In 2008 he accompanied Elton John on his Summer Stadium and Red Piano tours. His album Neon was released in 2007 followed by singles Coming Down, Hold Me Close, Back Here and Can You Hear Me?
Caissie Levy has most recently been seen on stage on Broadway and in the West End in the leading role of Sheila in the New York Public Theatre Cameron Mackintosh production of Hair. Levy made her Broadway debut as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, a role she recreated on tour in the US. She went on to play Maureen Johnson in the US tour of Rent and in 2008 starred as Elphaba in the Los Angeles production of Wicked.
Sharon D Clarke is a prolific West End, television and radio star and recording artist. Her stage credits include "Hairspray", “Chicago”, “We Will Rock You”, “The Lion King”, “Rent” and “Guys & Dolls” as well as many productions at the Hackney Empire.