Reviewed by Chris Knight
The show that literally starts with a bang and special effects before the highly charged choreography kicks in with the opening number (All at Once), setting very high standards for this now established 2012 musical based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
For those who are unfamiliar with the story, this is a romantic thriller peppered with the best of Whitney Houston’s hits with right balance of romance, suspense, dance, humour and music.
Alexandra Burke is the star of the show playing Rachel Moran but is very ably supported by the love of her life Frank Farmer (Benoit Marechal). Nicki Moran (Micha Richardson) her resentful sister always playing second fiddle to Rachel has an equally powerful voice and it is obvious that she is first understudy for Rachel Moran.
The Stalker is a role that when this character enters the stage (Phil Atkinson) you think it he is playing it down, but as story progresses his character is pivotal to the plot. The more entrances he has the more evil he becomes until in the finale when actually got booed.
Other principals (Bill, Tony, Sy and Ray) played their characters to their full potential playing important roles in this thriller with suspense. Their singing ability becomes very evident in the finale when they have mini solos.
Fletcher (Rachel Moran’s son) was played with precision and excellent stage presence by a very talented Jesse Ohina making his first professional debut in a musical.
A mention must go to the ingenious set and costume design by Tim Hatley with excellent lighting effects by Mark Henderson and with Video inserts from Duncan McClean.
This show is must if you enjoy the music of Whitney Houston with musical highlights including “I’m every woman”, “How will I know”. The defining moment in Act 1 being “One Moment in time” followed by the emotionally charged rendition of “I will always love you”. The mega mix finale was also an excellent way to end the 2019 touring production of The Bodyguard
A 5 star production.
Tickets cost from £22 to £49.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Bodyguard is at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham from 11-22 June 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND