Reviewed by Sharon Mongey
Wow, wow, wow! What a show! It was my privilege last night to see The Bodyguard at Milton Keynes Theatre.
It opened with a bang! Literally a bang! A gunshot, a darkened stage… a Rachel Marron concert, we were blown away with ‘The Queen of the Night’.
Most of us know The Bodyguard, the film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner; I was a fan, loved the film and loved Whitney. I was so looking forward to seeing how this had been adapted onto the stage.
For those that have never seen the film and no nothing of The Bodyguard, it is that of a love story between Rachel Marron (played by X Factor winner Alexandra Burke) and the very attractive bodyguard that is hired to mind her, Frank Farmer (played by Benoit Marechal).
Frank is convinced to take the job to protect Rachel from her stalker (Phil Atkinson) after being shown threatening letters that were left in her dressing room.
It isn’t love at first site for the couple and Frank doesn’t even want the job, he doesn’t work for celebrities or take permanent jobs. The initial love interest comes from Rachel’s sister Nicki (played by Micha Richardson) who is very attracted to the new bodyguard.
The stage show mimics that of the original film all bar a few scenes. One of those was the karaoke bar scene that myself and the audience loved, the laughter rippled throughout.
This was a very well-produced and casted production, a clever use of a split stage, seamless scene changes and amazing singing voices.
We are treated to more songs than are in the film, Alexandra Burke give a sterling performance throughout but equally on par and could quite easily of stepped into the lead role was Micha Richardson (a huge round of applause to them both). Although that said, Alexandra does steal the show with the penultimate number and probably the most famous and remembered number from the film ‘I Will Always Love You’, this was without doubt the stand out performance of the night, a goosebumps moment.
It is always a pleasure to go to Milton Keynes, the staff are engaging and helpful, the facilities great, a modern theatre, well surrounded by a variety of restaurants and bars.
This is a show not to be missed, this gets a 5/5 from me.
Tickets cost from £17.50 to £69.50 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
The Bodyguard is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 12-23 March 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ