08-16 Ghost musical

Michael Luongo and Mallory Kay Newbrough star in the Winnipesaukee Playhouse production of "Ghost: The Musical," opening Thursday, Aug. 16. (Courtesy photo)

MEREDITH — The 1990 film sensation "Ghost" featuring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg will be brought to life on stage in a musical version at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse starting Thursday, Aug. 16. Written by Bruce Joel Rubin, writer of the film, with book and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, the musical recreates nostalgic moments similar to scenes in the film including a version of "Unchained Melody."

The cast includes returning favorites like Mallory Kay Newbrough, and Michael Luongo, both seen in the Playhouse hit production of "Cabaret," as well as actors new to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse stage, Nick Moulton, Tiffany Reneé Thompson, and others. “'Ghost: the Musical' will take you on a heartbreakingly romantic journey, which at times will have the most stoic humans in tears," said Artistic Director Neil Pankhurst, who is directing the production. "Ultimately, though, the audience will be uplifted by the positivity to be found in the human spirit."

"Ghost: the Musical" runs through Saturday, Sept. 1. Tickets are $20-$34 and available online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by phone at 603-279-0333. Show times are Monday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Matinees are 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, and Monday, Aug. 27. There are no Sunday performances.

Additional free events supporting Ghost the Musical include a backstage tour Friday, Aug. 17, a post-show talkback Wednesday, Aug. 22, and a pre-show symposium, Thursday, Aug. 30.

The Summer Season Sponsor is Bank of New Hampshire and the Production Sponsors are Lovering Volvo, Meredith Village Savings Bank, and 98.3 LNH.

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