Earlier this week, I had the most amazing time attending the press night of The Bodyguard at Sunderland Empire… I was not disappointed. Having had such a busy work life at the minute, it was exactly what I needed to wind down. Plus I haven’t been to the theatre in such a long time!
Having not seen The Bodyguard previously, yes I know it’s sin (it’s been on my watchlist for years). I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, having heard everyone speak so highly of it, I knew I’d be in for a good night. Based on the 1992 Oscar-nominated movie, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The Bodyguard had a world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End in 2012, was nominated for 4 Olivier awards and has played to over 3.6 million people across 15 countries.
For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, The Bodyguard is a romantic thriller musical about superstar singer Rachel Marron (played by Alexandra Burke) and former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (played by Ben Lewis). Frank Farmer is hired as Rachel’s bodyguard to protect her from an unknown stalker, who will stop at nothing to get to Rachel. From the start of their working relationship, they are constantly at war, each trying to be in charge… until Rachel finally realises Frank is just trying to do the best for her and her family. Oh and perhaps, the falling in love part helps her in relenting too. From start to finish, there is plenty to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The BodyGuard-The Cast
Alexandra Burke as an absolute class act in her role as Rachel Marron. Whitney Houston is a hard act to perfect, but boy did she do it. She had no difficulty in belting out the classics, including One Moment in Time, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and I Will Always Love You. You couldn’t help but sing along.
Having watched the show, and LOVED it. I came straight back in from the show and put on the movie, and I have to admit that it really does follow it. There are some shows that you sit there and think “that’s not right and that’s not right”. Having the two to compare in all in one night, I can safely say that this show is not one of them.
I really do recommend grabbing yourself some tickets and getting down there… and get your singing voices prepped. The show is running at Sunderland Empire until 23rd November. Tickets are available from the box office or here (https://www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland*)
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Guest post by Abbie Chandler at www.simplyaj.co.uk