‘Ghost’, Reincarnated: Patrick Swayze Film Gets Broadway Musical Treatment

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Remember Ghost, the 1990 film that creepily suggested that our dead lovers are following us around all day? Turns out it’s experiencing a revival of sorts.

The romance/thriller starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore has been adapted into a musical and will hit Broadway early next year.

Two decades ago, Jerry Zucker‘s Ghost was a box office hit dripping with awards, including Whoopi Goldberg’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, which she earned for her portrayal of a con artist that got chummy with dead people long before The Sixth Sense came around.

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The film’s overarching themes: love, grief and the afterlife. The film’s more memorable contribution to American pop culture: making pottery sexy.

Ghost the Musical,” which debuted at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, will cover all these bases by featuring a musical version of the supernatural storyline. Previews for the New York run will begin in March, allowing Broadway junkies on the U.S. side of the pond to finally witness that famous pottery wheel scene on stage.

Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote the screenplay for Ghost, also penned the stage version, and Tony Award-winning Matthew Warchus will direct. A cast for the Broadway musical hasn’t yet been announced, but the show will feature The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” which the 1990 film helped to revive, along with new songs by Glen Ballard and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame.

Musical reboots of big-screen hits are often met with mixed reviews, and both critics and the general public are already scratching their heads about this one. Will Ghost translate as a musical? And more importantly, will audience members get splashed by flecks of clay?

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Kai Ma is a TIME contributor. Find her on Twitter at @Kai_Ma or on Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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