Based on the 1992 movie, the musical adaptation of The Bodyguard first made it to the stage in 2012. Following critical success, the show is currently on a UK tour, stopping off at Wolverhampton Grand until 6 July.
Global superstar Rachel Marron is being unknowingly stalked, so her team employ former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer. However, following initial tension between the two, they find themselves falling in love with each other.
This stage adaptation is jam-packed with iconic Whitney Houston hits, beautifully performed by this exceptionally talented cast. Within the confines of a brilliantly versatile set, designed by Tim Hatley (who also designed the stunning costumes), the story flits from scene to scene effortlessly, perfectly framing the action.
Leading the way as Rachel Marron is the superb Jennlee Shallow. Her breath-taking performance kept the audience enthralled throughout and her pairing with Benoît Maréchal as Frank, pulsed with romantic chemistry. He even pulled the laughs with his hilarious rendition of a karaoke version of I Will Always Love You.
Phil Atkinson’s unnerving portrayal of the Stalker kept the audience on the edge of their seats, whilst there was an utterly endearing cameo from the exceptionally talented young actor as Fletcher.
However, it was the understated, yet gorgeous vocals of Micha Richardson as Nicki Marron which really stood out tonight. Her warmth filled the stage and her voice soared through the auditorium. Alongside Jennlee Shallow they formed a formidable pair.
Eye-popping choreography from Karen Bruce complemented the energetic orchestra – under the musical direction of Michael Riley– with all these elements being pulled together by director Thea Sharrock.
There are so many noteworthy moments in this gorgeously crafted show, not only is it true to the film, but on a nostalgic note it highlights Houston’s undeniable legacy that she has left behind.
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