Ima Castro’s ‘Oda Mae’

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International theater actor Ima Castro as Oda Mae Brown

International theater actor Ima Castro as Oda Mae Brown

So long as she’s got the “attitude,” international theater performer Ima Castro doesn’t need to imitate the Academy Award winning performance of Whoopie Goldberg, who played the spunky and lovable Oda Mae Brown in the 1990 blockbuster motion picture Ghost.

Nor did she ever intend to.

“As artists we all have our own take on the characters we portray on stage, and fortunately, our director Bobby Garcia, also said the same thing to me,” Ima told The Manila Times on Thursday night at an intimate press huddle for the upcoming Atlantis Production of Ghost The Musical.

“To begin with, it will very difficult to be compared to the original Oda Mae,” she added. “Obviously I’m not African-American but yet I have to have that ‘attitude,’ as director Bobby puts it, and of course be as energetic, crazy and lovable as her character was in the movie.”


For those who fell in love with the romantic fantasy-thriller film that starred the late Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, Ima promises a musical production that is “very faithful to the movie.”

“You will hear the same lines, see very similar scenes, and just fall in love with it all over again,” she guaranteed.

As for the music, Ima, who shot to theater fame as one of the Kims in the West End run of Miss Saigon in the 1990s, said that while audiences would only be familiar with the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,”—the movie’s anthem—the rest of the songs will prove to be catchy what with mainstream pop geniuses behind the original compositions.

“I have two big songs that require lots of birit, as well a s Tina Turner dream sequence,” she enumerated. “But make sure to watch out for Molly’s (Cris Villonco) ballad, ‘With You.’ That’s one that’s sure to make everyone cry.”

TMA

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