Reviewed by Carolyn Dewey
The production started straight away with a concert singing/dancing scene, a fiery number, dramatic stuff. I started to remember the plot, as the second scene came in. My friend reminded me the year way back in 1992/3 I would have seen the movie on screen, then staring the late great Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
This theatre production followed the same story, and not complicated. A superstar singer, Rachel Marron (Alexandra Burke) receives threats in the form of letters, so her manager hires a bodyguard Frank Farmer (Benoit Marechal) – a gunman, who is an unassuming, with a stoic approach, wears a suit and is charming with it. There is a jealous sister Nikki Marron (Micha Richardson) equally talented singer to stir the plot. The stalker was played well, by Phil Atkinson, as was the beefy protector Tony (Craig Berry) who is put out by Frank’s arrival, and pushy managers so the show goes on…
By the 3rd or 4th scene I was back immersed in the music, and reminiscing about Whitney Houston, I rarely watch X-Factor so I am not familiar with Alexandra Burke, so it was a wow, what a surprise, it was just like listening to Whitney, moving stuff. Although Alexandra burke gave it her own style that fitted perfectly.
Rachel’s son, Fletcher, was lovely, a real character, smiley, cute, and a great dancer and actor, very professional talented young man, when I read the brochure I realised how many youngsters were doing the part on different days, 9 in all, what a lovely opportunity I thought (I think this day was Bong-Ra Ndizi).
There were over 16 songs, which included, Greatest Love of All, Run to You, I Have Nothing, Saving All My Love, and of course I Will Always Love You, written by Dolly Parton, was an emotional ending which pulls on the heartstrings.
It was a standing ovation and loud applause at the end followed by a lively number – I Wanna Dance With Somebody, which we clapped and bopped along too, with some more singing and dancing from all the actors. An entertaining show, with some sparkling and glitzy costume and Hollywood style scenery/lights, and good acoustics, all in all a great show to go and see.
Tickets cost from £29.50 to £55.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Bodyguard is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton from 28 May to 8 June 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.mayflower.org.uk or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811