I was so excited to go to the Straz Center last night for Opening Night of Ghost the Musical. The Hubs doesn't share the same love for the theater as I do so I asked my mom to be my date for the night. She loves the movie Ghost plus loves going to the theater so she made the most perfect date! We made great time over the bridge to downtown Tampa, which is completely unheard of at 6pm. We picked up our tickets and headed in. We got there early, thanks to no traffic, but it gave us a chance to catch up. With so much going on in our lives, it was nice to just sit and talk, even if I do talk to her every day.
|The gorgeous Straz Center |
(photo by Rob Harris)
I always stalk the Playbill to see what other productions cast members have been in. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of cast members list RENT in their resume. I love RENT so anyone that's associated with it wins points in my book. I knew I wasn't going to be disappointed! Stephen Grant Douglas, who played Sam Wheat, was Roger in a regional production of RENT and his voice fit the bill. He was fantastic! He did a great job of bringing the character to life (or death I should say). I'm sure it was hard to make it look like he was a ghost but he nailed it in my book! Molly was played by Katie Postotnik. She is absolutely gorgeous. I wasn't too sure about her voice at first and then she sang "With You", a song about how Sam's death affect her. It was in that moment that I was captivated by her. The tone and depth of her voice was absolutely beautiful. Katie and Stephen, besides having amazing voices, had great chemistry and their voices sounded perfect together. Whoever cast these two in these roles did an amazing job!
|Steven Grant Douglas and Katie Postotnik, Ghost The Musical Tour. © Joan Marcus, 2013|
|Carla R. Stewart and Steven Grant Douglas, Ghost The Musical Tour. © Joan Marcus, 2013|
Overall, I enjoyed the show. Is it the best show I've ever seen? No but it wasn't the worst I've ever seen. Would I recommend going to see it? Absolutely! But for all my Tampa Bay area friends, you better act quickly! Ghost the Musical will be at the Straz Center through April 27th! If you're not in the Tampa Bay area, you should try to see it when it comes to a theater near you on its first national tour!!!
Thank you to the amazing people at the Straz Center for partnering with the Tampa Bay Bloggers! I was able to attend this production in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own! This is theater people...I take it very seriously!