#REVIEW: “GHOSTBUSTERS IN CONCERT” AT TORONTO’S SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Review by George Kozera for Mr. Will Wong
On June 8, 1984, Columbia Pictures released the now iconic comedy classic, the Oscar-nominated GHOSTBUSTERS starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. 35 years later, to the day, Toronto fans had the great fortune to relive this Movie projected on the huge screen at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts hot-off the news that Weaver has decided the join the Cast of upcoming GHOSTBUSTERS 3.
Elmer Bernstein’s Score and Ray Parker Jr.’s chart-topping theme “Ghostbusters” were performed live by a 67-member Orchestra and in-sync to the Film, conducted brilliantly by Elmer’s son, Peter Bernstein. Prior to the Screening, the audience were also treated to and entertained by an interview session with two huge fans of the Movie: Paul Sun-Hyung and Andrew Phung from hit CBC Comedy “Kim’s Convenience”. Attending and experiencing GHOSTBUSTERS IN CONCERT surpassed my expectations!
Truth be told, I was never a fan of the Movie when it was first released but I gained a healthier admiration for Ghostbusters now than I had 35 years ago. As a Film Critic, I could say how nuanced and intelligent Sigourney’s performance is and how Rick Moranis steals the Movie every time he is on-screen, but as a member of the audience at GHOSTBUSTERS IN CONCERT, I was completely caught-up in the unabashed love everyone seated at the theatre had for this movie and found myself giggling at the inanities, hissing at the villain of the Movie and bopping in my seat to Ray Parker Jr.’s classic song. Watching the string section exuberantly play along to the disco hit was goosebump- inducing.
More on this and other upcoming shows at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts here.
(Photo credit: George Kozera)