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London's newest blockbuster-to-stage musical, The Bodyguard, has recently started previews at the West End's Adelphi Theatre.
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The Bodyguard features a song list of over ten of Whitney Houston's greatest hits, and a plot that is mostly loyal to the 1992 romantic thriller starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner of the same title. The musical stars American singer and actress Heather Headley as Rachel Marron, a famous singer who has recently been receiving an onslaught of increasingly disturbing death threats. Frank Farmer, her bodyguard-turned-love-interest, is played by a stoic but suave Lloyd Owen.
With songs like Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", "So Emotional", "I Have Nothing" and "Saving All My Love", the musical requires a powerhouse of vocal talent which is fully delivered by Heather Headley and Debbie Kurup, who plays Rachel's frequently overlooked sister, Nicki. These women perform Whitney Houston's classics with impressive vocal stamina and flair, and Alex Dinelaris' book does a decent job of appropriately assimilating the music into the story in a believable and effective way.
Although there is nothing groundbreaking about this new musical, The Bodyguard is an enjoyable evening at the theatre. With a little suspense and action, plenty of wonderful 90s-style melodrama, and a full supply of familiar and much-loved music, The Bodyguard will be a great night for Whitney fans, fans of the original movie, and any musical theatre buffs who want to see one of the newest shows in town.
For information about the show and booking tickets, check out The Bodyguard's website here. Keep in mind before purchasing expensive tickets that the theatre has £25 day seats allocated in the front row, which provides the perfect view of all of the action, emotion, and sequins the night will hold.