It’s been almost a year since I last went to the theatre, so when my mum suggested that we see The Bodyguard while we were in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, I jumped at the chance. The fact that one of my favourite X Factor winners Alexandra Burke was playing the lead made watching The Bodyguard even more tempting.
Produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian, The Bodyguard is an award-winning musical based on the 1992 film of the same name, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costher. It follows a famous pop singer who hires a former secret service agent as her new bodyguard to protect her from a stalker, not expecting to fall in love with him.
As I’d expected, Alexandra Burke was absolutely phenomenal as Rachel Marren. I’d never seen her act before but it’s clear that she’s not only an outstanding singer but an amazing actress too. Dionne Warwick praised Alexandra Burke for her depiction of Rachel, and I can see why – Burke truly makes the character her own.
I was also blown away by Micha Richardson’s performance as Rachel’s younger sister Nicki. She has a beautiful singing voice, although at times it felt like she was trying to outshine Alexandra Burke. However, it does reflect how Nicki is overshadowed by Rachel in the musical. Rachel’s son Fletcher and The Stalker (Phil Atkinson) are worth a mention too. Fletcher is adorable and there were gasps from the audience whenever The Stalker appeared on stage.
You’re bound to recognise all of the songs that feature in The Bodyguard, ranging from the upbeat ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘Million Dollar Bill’ and ‘I’m Every Woman’ to the iconic ‘I Will Always Love You’. Other familiar songs that appear in the musical include ‘Run to You’, ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘One Moment in Time’ , ‘I Have Nothing’ and ‘Saving All My Love’. The whole audience got up at the end and sang along to ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, which was the perfect number to close the show.
Fans of Whitney Houston and Alexandra Burke will enjoy this lively production of The Bodyguard. With its stellar cast, impressive vocals and gripping story, what’s not to like about The Bodyguard?
A little warning…
While I enjoyed the musical itself, I’ll admit that I wasn’t so keen on Edinburgh Playhouse. The theatre was very cramped and there were massive queues to get into the venue and to get refreshments during the interval. It’s also worth mentioning that there are flashing lights throughout the performance and smoke effects at the beginning, which was a bit too much since I was sitting near the front. Fortunately, they didn’t last too long, and were a good way of grabbing the audience’s attention.
Unfortunately, The Bodyguard is no longer showing at Edinburgh Playhouse, but you can still catch Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marren in Plymouth (21st – 31st August), Sunderland (12st – 23rd November), Bradford (26th November – 7th December), Manchester (10th December – 4th January), Dartford (8th – 18th January) and Birmingham (21st January – 1st February). Tickets are available from the official website.
Have you seen The Bodyguard (either the musical or the film)? What did you think?