Ghost the Musical – Small Cast Edition

Ghost the Musical – Small Cast Edition

GHOST THE MUSICAL – Small Cast Edition is the small-cast version of the Broadway/West End musical. Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

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Synopsis Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen are deeply in love. Their history together is full of happy memories, vacations, photographs and now a newly shared apartment in Brooklyn – they can’t afford Manhattan! Sam is a high-powered banker who has control of numerous accounts and millions and millions of dollars. He works with Carl Bruner, a good friend who comes round to the apartment and shares take-aways and beers with Sam and Molly. Molly is an artist, often working from home, hence the need for the large loft apartment. Perhaps the only downside to their idyllic existence is Sam’s inability to tell Molly that he loves her, only ever using the word “ditto.” Out together one night, Sam and Molly are set upon by a mugger, intent on stealing Sam’s wallet. Sam offers him money, but this is not enough for the mugger, Willie Lopez, who is fixated with the wallet, which we later learn contains the passwords to the accounts which Sam has control of. In the struggle that ensues, a shot rings out. As Sam staggers away from Willie, he notices that Molly is crouched desperately over a body. His body. Sam’s body is taken to hospital, where he dies on the operating table. Sam’s ghost is stuck between worlds, confused and alone, until he is befriended by a friendly ghost who explains about his current situation. Sam begins to learn how the spirit world works, but he cannot do the one thing that he needs to do, which is communicate with Molly. Sam finds himself at the parlour of Oda Mae Brown, a dodgy psychic who specialises in conning money our of vulnerable widows. He realises that Oda Mae can hear him and he persuades her to visit Molly. Initially cynical, Molly begins to believe Oda Mae when she tells her private things about her life with Sam. However, in the background, Carl is determined that Molly should not believe Oda Mae. Sam follows Carl to the flat of Willie Lopez, believing that he is going to confront him, only to discover that the mugging was at Carl’s instigation, with the purpose of obtaining the passwords and transferring money from Sam’s accounts to his. Molly finds it harder and harder to cope with Sam’s loss and, despite Carl’s best efforts to help her to forget her fiance, Molly sinks further into her grief. Meanwhile, Sam is working to thwart Carl’s plan. With the help of a ghost on the subway, he learns how to move objects with the power of his mind, before beginning to haunt Carl, typing the word “murderer” onto his computer screen. Of course, Carl does not see Sam, so is traumatised by this turn of events. Sam persuades Oda Mae to help him once more, this time to become a fictitious account customer, the owner of an account that Carl has created as part of his scam. As “Rita Miller”, Oda Mae enters the bank and makes a withdrawal, with Sam giving her pointers to stop her real identity being revealed. Oda Mae can’t believe her ears when she is told that she is about to withdraw $10 million and leaves, somewhat unsteadily, with a bankers cheque made out to this amount. Oda Mae considers what she is going to do with her newfound wealth, but Sam makes her give the money away. They return to Molly, just in time before Carl arrives, desperate for the cheque that “Rita Miller” has withdrawn. In the struggle the ensues, Carl dies and is consumed by the shadows of death. Sam and Molly realise that is time for them to say goodbye for the last time. Sam thanks Oda Mae and, for the first time, is able to tell Molly that he loves her, before ascending up into the light of happiness and eternal life.

Book & Lyrics by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN
Based on the Paramount Pictures film written by Bruce Joel Rubin
Original West End Production Produced by Colin Ingram, David Garfinkle, Adam Silberman,
Land Line Productions, Donovan Mannato, Michael Edwards / Carole Winter
This version of GHOST: The Musical was further developed and produced by the Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, PA: Marc Robin, Artistic Director and Aaron A. Young, Managing Director, in association with Maine State Music Theatre.
“Unchained Melody” written by Hy Zaret and Alex North, courtesy of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC
Orchestrations by David Abbinanti


Note: Where race and ethnicity are indicated, they should be honored. Where race or ethnicity are not indicated, that does not by default indicate whiteness, but rather that a character can be of any race or ethnicity.



ODA MAE BROWN (Black Female)








6-8 Musicians

Piano/Conductor (Keyboard 1)

Violin (Violin, Waterphone)



Guitar (Acoustic)

Bass (Electric and Acoustic)

Drums (Optional)*

Keyboard 2 (Optional)*

*The orchestration packet contains books for 8 players. In a small space, the show is best serviced by the original 6-piece orchestration. If your space allows, feel free to add the Keyboard 2 and drum books as needed, but they are not required in smaller theatres.

Song List


1. Here Right Now

1a. Don’t Want the Bubble to Burst

2. Unchained Melody I

3. More

4. Three Little Words

5. Sam’s Death and Higher Spirits

6. You Gotta Let Go Now

7. Door/Transition/Subways/Lament

8. Are You A Believer

9. Oda Mae Hears Sam

10. With You

10a. Ditto

11. Suspend My Disbelief/I Had a Life (Act I Finale)


12. Rain/Hold On (Act II Opening)

13. Teach Me How

13a. Unchained Melody (Radio)

14. Life Turns on a Dime

14a. Second Subway Transition

15. Focus

15a. Back To Oda Mae’s

16. Death of Willie

17. Nothing Stops Another Day

18. I’m Outta Here

19. Bank Sequence

19a. Transition to Loft

19b. I Can’t Take It Anymore

20. Unchained Melody (Dance)

21. The Fall of Carl

22. Ascension

23. Bows and Playout

Sets, Props & Costumes (UK)

Prosceneium Ltd.  Sladen Wood Mill Todmorden Road Littleborough Rochdale OL15 9EW Tel: 01706 377226 Fax: 01706 371953 Contact:  Gary Hookham 01706  377226,