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Minn. native scores lead in Broadway tour of 'Ghost the Musical'


Minnesota native Steven Grant Douglas has been cast in one of the lead roles in the touring Broadway production of "Ghost the Musical," Broadway World reports.

The musical is based on the hit 1990 movie starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.

Douglas, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will play Sam Wheat, the role made famous by Swayze in the supernatural drama. Katie Postotnik also stars as Molly Jensen, played by Moore in the film; while Carla R. Stewart plays Oda Mae Brown, the role that earned Goldberg an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

"Ghost the Musical" is set to play the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis June 18-23, 2014.

Much like the feature film version, "Ghost the Musical" tells the story of Sam and Molly, who are mugged on the street on the way home to their New York City apartment. The crime leaves Sam dead and his ghost trapped on Earth. After finding out Molly is in grave danger, he tries to communicate to her through Oda Mae, a phony psychic medium.

The tour stop will mark Douglas' return to the Minnesota stage. The performer also starred in the Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latté Da’s production of "Aida"at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis in January.

Tickets for "Ghost the Musical" at the Orpheum go on sale Sept. 6.

Playbill posted highlights of the original cast's version that staged on London's West End.

The show has the feel of a rock musical, and includes "Unchained Melody," the Righteous Brothers' classic song featured in the film version.

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