Ghost The Musical

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Date: 10th July 2013


Whilst in Yorkshire, I took the opportunity to stay with my friend of longest standing. We met in 1966 at Granada Television and shared a cottage owned by Pat Phoenix of ‘Coronation Street’ fame.

Sue had booked with a friend to see Ghost and they managed to get me a ticket. I had expected a straight play and was surprised to find that it was a musical.

Had my reservations because I don’t think many ‘sad’ stories translate well to become Musicals. (Wuthering Heights as a musical, even with Cliff Richards in the lead, was a disaster as was Gone With the Wind)

However Ghost somehow managed to tick the boxes. The staging and technicalities were brilliant and the performances incredibly good.

It is not easy to grab the hearts of an audience when one moves between comedy and tragedy but they managed to do it in Ghost. I have to single out one performance which was absolutely superb and that was Wendy Mae Brown. She has a belter of a voice and her comedy timing is immaculate. She would give Woopy Goldberg a run for her money.

And the ending was very well handled and very moving and of course I was in floods of tears as were most of the ladies in my row.

I must pay tribute to the kindness of a lady two seats away. I wasn’t sitting with my friends and the seat next to me was empty. After the interval the lady leant across and said ‘Jan, are you on your own, if so you could move up and sit with us. The empty seat was for a friend who’d not been able to attend.’

The Grand in Leeds is an amazing theatre. I understand that it was refurbished not that long ago and put back to its original state complete with beautiful Art Nouveau stained glass and, what I think were, William Morris style tiles.

On the way back to the Car Park I saw a huge statue and neither of my friends knew who it was. It turned out to be The Black Prince – though I’ve no idea why he should be so honoured in Leeds.

During my five days in Yorkshire, the weather was lousy – overcast and cold. As soon as I came home, the weather up there changed for the better and they are experiencing a heatwave.

Whilst in the North, Sue took me to the Designer Outlet Centre near York. What an amazing place boasting some very classy names like Osprey. Wandering in to their establishment, a lovely lady admired my jeans and asked where I got them. I had to admit they were from M & S when beaded jeans were the fashion and I must have bought them well over ten years ago.

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