NOW I admit, I am a self-confessed crier when it comes to soppy rom-com movies - but theatre shows?
Never have I blubbed at a stage show before - that was until Thursday night when I went to The Regent Theatre to watch the amazing Ghost The Musical.
The tear-jerking story was, of course, heart wrenching enough when the late Patrick Swayze starred alongside Demi Moore in the 1990 film version, but The Regent’s stage portrayal was just amazingly soul wrenching.
From start to finish you are so taken in by the cast’s dynamic performances and powerful spine-tingling vocals that just ooze emotion.
The state-of-the-art set, with it’s moving pictures and clever light usage, made you feel like you were in the story watching poor Molly’s pain after losing Sam and coming to grips with the fact that he was still there for her - in the form of a ghost.
Stewart Clarke who plays Sam has the most powerful vocals of the show which wrenched at the heart as he portrayed his emotions of initially not being able to help or communicate with Molly.
All of the cast, from the well-choreographed dancers to the talented main cast, worked their stage-presence magic to help take the audience through the some-what spiritual journey of Sam bringing eventual justice to his murderer.
However, the ultimate star of the show was undoubtedly Wendy Mae Brown who played Whoopi Goldberg’s movie role of phony psychic Oda Mae Brown.
Wendy has the crazy-diva antics of Whoopi right down to a tee and creates the much-needed comedy to a show which, otherwise, could be seen as quite a dark drama.
The tears, for me, came at the climax of the show when emotions just grab hold of you as the cast end the story gloriously.
All in all, Ghost at The Regent Theatre is a must see.
The show is running at the Hanley venue until Saturday, January 18 and tickets can be purchased by going online to http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/ghost/regent-theatre.