To say the show started with a bang and ended on a high note would be an understatement – the show grabs you with all its theatrical might and never lets go.
Unless you have been buried underground since 1992 the soundtrack to the movie has played out in the hearts and minds of all who ever watched the film or listened to the late, great Whitney Houston. If you are fanatical about either rest assured that the show’s producer’s have done an epic job and nothing falls short of brilliant.
If you weren’t born yet, shame on you! Let me fill you in – Former Secret Service agent, Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love…
…and fall in love you will. I fell for Beverley Knight’s understudy Carole Stennett who is a superstar in her own right. Gliding through the octaves with the grace and ease of Whitney it was a pure delight to hear her power through the top hits.
The show centres around the family dynamic of Rachel Marron and her sister Nicki (played by Rachel John) who pines for a slice of her sister’s glory. A love triangle ensues and the pairing of these two characters act as a vehicle for most of the ballads. A powerhouse of talent both actresses hold their own bringing a different tonal magic to the most beloved songs.
The show is pretty true to the movie and the set designers have done an extraordinary job of bringing this to life on stage. With thrills not uncommon of a stadium tour the show offers a few unexpected surprises and the cast will have you dancing in the aisles – not bad for a Monday night!
Beverly Knight fans be warned, she doesn’t do Mondays but don’t let that get in the way of having a good time. By the time the rest of the cast has warmed your cockles I can assure you, you won’t be thinking about what you missed!
To summarise the show – “I will always love you!” and “someday (I’m coming back).” So don’t leave it to tourists to enjoy this spectacular show. Make a week night special or get out there of a weekend, however you choose…it is a must see and with the likes of Ben Richards playing secret agent Frank Farmer, your ovaries will thank you.
Review by Stephanie Caiger-Watson
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a whole host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.
Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, Thea Sharrock’s production of The Bodyguard has book by Alex Dinelaris. With designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker, video designs by Duncan McLean, choreography by Karen Bruce, orchestrations by Chris Egan, musical supervision by Richard Beadle and production musical supervision by Mike Dixon, The Bodyguard is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
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