REVIEW: The Bodyguard The Musical
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The Bodyguard, The Musical – Mayflower
A journey which began for Alexandra Burke in London’s West End has seen her return to the Mayflower stage as she stars in a second UK tour of The Bodyguard, playing singer Rachel Marron in this romantic thriller.
Based on the 1992 film which starred Whitney Houston in this seminal role, The Bodyguard tells the story of a famous singer who is forced to hire an ex-secret service agent to protect her from a delusional and dangerous stalker.
Having held this role for two years between 2014 and 2016, Burke’s performance is as poised and powerful as one would hope, and her experience as an artist in her own right helps her bring Whitney Houston’s songs right up to date.
With those songs including One Moment in Time, Run to You, and, of course, I Will Always Love You which has everyone on their feet, Burke’s incredible vocals most definitely do these songs justice.
Also notable for her phenomenal voice is Micha Richardson, who plays Rachel’s sister and assistant Nicki Marron.
When both Nicki and Rachel fall for the brooding bodyguard, Frank Farmer, so ensues a tense love triangle fraught with long-held jealousy. Richardson is captivating, both when she sings alone and in duets with Burke.
The role of Frank is reprised by Benoît Maréchal, having starred in the French production of The Bodyguard in 2018.
His chemistry with Alexandra Burke is palpable, and the scenes when he is forced to defend her from the threats of her stalker (Phil Atkinson) are delightfully tense and thrilling.
The cast as a whole have an undeniable energy, the dancers and backing singers helping us feel as though we’re at a real pop concert.
Though the acting and scene transitions are a little rushed at times, we soon forget about this as we’re dazzled by ever-more glamourous costumes and infectious music.
For many of us one of the true delights is Jesse Oniha, who we’re lucky enough to see playing Rachel’s young son, Fletcher. Oniha has us laughing as he joins in with dance rehearsals, and his singing voice blows us away as he duets with Burke in the closing of the show. A true star in the making!
Having never seen the film, I was somewhat unsure of what to expect from this highly acclaimed production, but I can confirm that whether you’re a die-hard movie fan, or a newbie to Rachel Marron’s story, you will be just as enamoured by this dramatic theatrical experience.
The Bodyguard plays until 8th June.