Patrick Swayze's Widow Attends 'Ghost' on Broadway, Feared Breaking Down Through Whole Musical (EXCLUSIVE)
Broadway was abuzz on Monday night as Ghost the musical opened to a packed house in New York City. Based on the 1990 film which starred the late Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, the musical drew a slew of A-list celebrities, which even included Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi.
Although she knew the musical would conjure up old emotions, she put on a brave face as she hit the town for the opening. "My friends told me not to come. They were scared that I'd start crying through the whole musical and wouldn't make it through. I'm hoping to keep it together," she told Celebuzz prior to the show.
Recalling the wonderful memories she had with her husband of 34 years, she gushed, "I'm a lucky woman to have had him. We had a great life together."
Swayze battled pancreatic cancer and passed away in September 2009 at the age of 57.
Reflecting on the musical's plot, in which a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost and protect her, Lisa admits there were points after Patrick's death that she wished he would have done the same. Now, she's slowly moving on with her life with "more good days than bad days."
As for her night out on Broadway, Lisa is glad that her late husband's memory can live on through this new musical.
"It will be magical and probably bring up a lot of old feelings... I wish he was here to see it," she said, adding that she has no doubt that Richard Fleeshman, who plays Sam, will nail the role and make it his own.
Ghost plays on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.; 877-250-2929 or ghostonbroadway.com.