The Bodyguard is a international, award-winning musical written by Alexander Dinelaris, based on the 1992 film The Bodyguard, with the score featuring songs recorded by Whitney Houston. The very basic but nice storyline of the musical follows a former Secret Service agent; Frank Farmer who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. With predictable plot-twisters and storyline, there is even a more predictable case of both of them falling in love with each other.
Alexandra Burke was meant to be the 'Queen of the Night' as she played the leading role of Rachel Marron but she really wasn't as her performance was lacking. Burke is known for winning the X-Factor so going to see this musical you'd expect her to have very strong vocals however this evening that was the thing that let Burke down the most as her vocals weren't great at all unfortunately. Even though the songs were lowered by a significant about of tones (which was quite noticeable at times), Burke still struggled very much hitting the top notes and most of the time either dodged them by singing riffs that didn't fit or falling incredibly flat. As the songs were lowered, it meant that Burke had to have a very flexible range to go down to the low notes and yet, they also didn't sound right... rather breathless as Burke's vocal technique and breathing was lost this evening. Her acting also seemed very staged and not natural at times however I must say that her dancing skills were noticeable because she was actually incredible at performing the very complex and fast-paced choreography. This is another case of celebrity casting in a musical which I don't really agree with because I think Burke's time as Marron is over as I must admit that she was insane when playing the role in the 2015 UK Tour (which I thought was much more better) however she was very very disappointing in this production so I think it's time for a Musical Theatre actress (who might even be able to sing all the songs in the original key) to take over.
Alexandra Burke and the cast of 'The Bodyguard'
Frank Farmer was played by Ben Lewis and I thought his performance was superb as his acting felt very developed and I really believed in his character throughout as Lewis engaged me into it. His comedic timing in some scenes was great and in contrast to this his seriousness in other scenes was incredible and showed that Lewis has obviously done a lot of work on the character.
Emmy Willow played the role of Nicki Marron and she was just insane! Her acting was unbelievably good and her voice left me speechless as it is incredibly stunning so Willow definitely stole the show singing wise!
The whole cast is working really hard to make this show the high standard that the audience is expecting and their work is definitely paying off as they're going to blow your socks away! Their focus, confidence, determination and talent is very visible and simply breathtaking.
I must also mention the wonderful set designed by Tim Hatley (Who also designed the perfect costumes) as it was just gob-smacking with the amount of moving set pieces and his close cooperation with Mark Henderson who designed the lights for the show created this impeccable visual effect.