The PR Guru

November 12, 2010

Ghost the musical casting confirmed, we celebrate our 6th birthday at a children’s play centre and Pink could be pregnant

I thought I would balance out my blog today by posting a much more light-hearted entry now.

The highly anticipated casting for the world premiere of Ghost the musical has been confirmed. It will open in Manchester in March next year before a June opening in the West End.

Playing the role of Sam Wheat (played by Patrick Swayze in the film) is Coronation Street and Legally Blonde the musical star Richard Fleeshman. He will be co-starring with Broadway actress Caissie Levy (as Molly Jensen) who shot to fame by taking on the role of Elphaba (in Wicked) in New York before coming to the West End earlier this year in the Broadway transfer of Hair.

This casting has come as a shock to many who believed that the roles would be played by West End performers Oliver Tompsett and Laura Michelle Kelly – who took on the roles in workshops.

The role of Oda Mae Brown (played by Whoopi Goldberg in the film) will be taken on by West End legend Sharon D Clarke, whilst original Sky in Mamma Mia! Andrew Langtree will play Carl.

Criticisms have already started to come in regarding the casting of Fleeshman, saying he is too young and not right for the role. However, many seem happy with the casting of Levy as Molly, even if it was completely unexpected. I suppose she is hoping the show will transfer to Broadway where she will be able to originate the role there.

Also, in a first for a West End musical, the Live & Unchained Abbey Road press launch of Ghost the musical (as well as footage from the Royal Exchange Theatre event held in Manchester the following day) will be streamed to Facebook users, on a special application, on Friday 25th November 2010, at 1pm, 7pm and 9pm. This gives potential fans the chance to see the cast perform songs from the musical for the first time. Three teasers from the recording have already been released to entice people to watch.

In other news, mentioned on our Twitter page last night, we have just confirmed that we are going to be holding our 6th birthday party at Fenton Fun Factory (a children’s play centre) on Friday 3rd December between 4pm and 6pm, giving grown adults the chance to recapture their youth on the slides and ball pools.

There will also be a host of party games including pass the parcel, musical chairs and Simon Says, music from 2004 (when the agency was established), and a buffet including jelly and ice cream, cheese and pineapple sticks, and party ring biscuits.

We are looking for business owners with a sense of fun to join us. For further information call us on 01782 472035 or visit info@richardswancottassociates.co.uk.

Finally, we have heard that singer Pink could be pregnant, having received a congratulatory tweet from Good Day L.A. Host Jillian Barberie Reynolds on her Twitter.

The tweet included, “Ps. You know your man whispered it to us at dinner. See I CAN keep a secret!!”, well – obviously she can’t. Did she tweet this on purpose for the papers or what?

No news has come from the singer and her personal Twitter page has been silent on the matter.

This isn’t the first time she’s faced pregnancy rumours. Last spring she shot down speculation, joking that she was carrying “a 600-lb. baby.”

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