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GHOST THE MUSICAL Releases Unprecedented Interactive Study Guide as the Show Opens on Broadway Tonight, Apr 23




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(New York, NY – April 23, 2012)  Ghost The Musical announced today that a revolutionary interactive study guide has been created to assist educators in meeting Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical subjects as set forth by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  Envisioned by writer/educator Paul Mroczka, theater professor at Plymouth State University, and All Tickets Inc., the study guide harnesses the power of interactive learning, the digital age, and includes unprecedented access to the original creators of a Broadway musical.  Through embedded links educators will have the capability to introduce video clips, websites and production photos into their lessons.  Video content ranges from what the Oscar-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin learned while adapting his original story for the stage, to how music decisions were made by Grammy Award winning songwriters Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.

{module ad_left_body}“We reviewed over 35 different study guides for Broadway shows,” said Mroczka, “and although we found some interesting aspects we didn’t feel they were offering students insight into the show or a way to really prepare to see it or to utilize their experience after seeing it.” Mroczka explained, “We approached the producers with a detailed outline that included video interviews with various people involved with creating the show. I have a background in theatre history and one of the things you long for is access to these folks to really get to know how they did things in the show, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. We thought, ‘what a great way to connect with students, giving them this link to some of the top pros in the business and to such an innovative musical.’”

The study guide offers 21 different projects, which build upon themselves over three levels.  Through these projects, students will learn about the creation of Ghost The Musical over a seven year time frame, the style of the production, and breach the subject of bullying and how it relates to the show.

Ghost The Musical began previews March 15th and opens tonight, April 23rd at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).  Directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing) and choreographed by Ashley Wallen (The X Factor, Kylie Minogue),  Ghost The Musical is created by a team of Grammy and Academy Award winners with a brand-new original score by Dave Stewart (half of the multi-Grammy Award winning Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson's Man In The Mirror, Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill) and a book by Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jacob’s Ladder, The Time Traveler’s Wife), who has adapted his Academy Award winning original screenplay for the stage.  This brand new score also includes the iconic song “Unchained Melody,” famously performed in the film by The Righteous Brothers.  

Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy reprise their starring roles as Sam and Molly, which they originated in London’s hit West End production.  They are joined by newcomer Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Oda Mae Brown and Bryce Pinkham as Carl Bruner.  The cast also features Michael Balderrama, Tyler McGee, Lance Roberts, Moya Angela, Jason Babinsky, James Brown III, Mike Cannon, Stephen Carrasco, Jeremy Davis, Sharona D’Ornellas, Josh Franklin, Albert Guerzon, Afra Hines, Carly Hughes, Karen Hyland, Alison Luff, Vasthy Mompoint, Jennifer Noble, Joe Aaron Reid, Constantine Rousouli, Jennifer Sanchez, Daniel J. Watts, and Jesse Wildman

Set in modern day New York City, Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.

Set and costume designs are by Rob Howell, with musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, music direction by David Holcenberg, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Bobby Aitken, and projection design by Jon Driscoll.

Ghost The Musicalis being produced on Broadway by Colin Ingram Productions Limited and Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle,Adam Silberman, Donovan Mannato, Michael Edwards & Carole Winter, Patricia Lambrecht in association with Paramount Pictures Corporation.

Regular ticket prices range from $57 to $137 (including a $2 facility fee).  Premium tickets are also available.  The performance schedule during previews will be as follows:  Monday – Saturday evenings at 8pm and Saturdays at 2pm.  Beginning, Tuesday, April 24th, the performance schedule will be as follows: Mondays at 8pm, Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm.  Tickets may also be purchased online

Richard Fleeshman is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.  The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

For more information on the study guide, click HERE.