'Ghost' opens at the Lunt-Fontanne
Monday night’s “Ghost” curtain call at the Lunt-Fontanne turned into a real chatfest when helmer Matthew Warchus asked first-nighters to tell their friends to buy tix to the show. “Some of you didn’t expect to like it,” he added. “We should push back against snobbery.” Hmmm, had he read the reviews on his BlackBerry?
Onstage with Warchus and the cast was the entire creative team, including Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote the original 1990 screenplay. Per Warchus, he’d been warned “the writer is on the project,” and when that happens, “You try to find a way out of the project.” Warchus happily reported he and the scribe continue to be on good terms.
As for that snobbery, it began early on the project. As Warchus recalled, people couldn’t understand why he was doing such a show. “Then they realized it wasn’t Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts.’ ”
After the show, Warchus continued his talk, this time with reporters. The big question: Has the musical changed his opinion of ghosts? “I believe in the afterlife, I always have,” he said. “Heaven and hell are our frail attempts to describe that which we cannot possibly understand.”
Depending on your opinion of the Tunnel disco at full capacity, the “Ghost” after-party was either heaven or hell.