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More West End Shows to Land in Manchester Before London

Monday, 23rd May 2011

Ambassador Theatre Group Premiering West End Productions in the North

There are plenty of high profile shows opening in London this year and among them is a production that audiences in Manchester will get a look at before the West End transfer. It originally played at the Manchester Opera House until the 14th of this month and this is ahead of its eventual appearance at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. “Ghost The Musical”, of course, is not the only west end shows to originate out of town but according to the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) it is going to begin a trend.

The group has announced it will be premiering a number of high profile shows in the city in the future. The owners of the Manchester Opera House consider it a sign of success that if a show is successful in the North-West city then it will work anywhere. They cite the success of “Ghost the Musical” as a good enough reason to continue the venture and it means that it won’t just be London theatre audiences getting a look in on some of the best known productions in town.

“Ghost the Musical” is based on the hit 1990 movie that originally featured Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in lead roles. It concerns the character of Sam, who is killed in a mugging incident in New York and leaves behind his girlfriend Molly to live life alone. But Sam finds himself caught between our world and the next and when he realises that Molly could be in danger from the same killer he enlists the help of a phoney psychic to help her.

The original movie was directed by Jerry Zucker and also featured Whoopi Goldberg in a lead role. Last year another musical based on Goldberg’s work appeared in London – “Sister Act the Musical” – whilst “The Lion King”, of which the original movie featured her voice, continues at the Lyceum Theatre.

“Ghost the Musical” is set to begin its West End run at the Piccadilly Theatre from Tuesday 19th July 2011 (with previews from Wednesday 22nd June 2011) with an initial booking period taking it to Saturday 28th January 2012.

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