The Bodyguard – Bristol Hippodrome REVIEW

The musical production of The Bodyguard closely follows the plot of the the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Rachel Barron (Alexandra Burke) is the cold and guarded pop star who keeps her heart closed and cards close to her chest. Frank Farmer (Benoit Marechal) enters as the professional and protecting bodyguard who quickly mixes business with pleasure as he endeavours to protect Rachel from her stalker (Phil Atkinson).

A star has been found in Alexandra Burke who recently excelled in Sister Act after playing Rachel Marron in 2015 to 2016.  Her vocals are indisputable which is to be expected but her comedic timing and delivery comes as a bigger surprise. Her sexy dance moves and quality acting make her a perfect fit for Rachel Marron and not just a celebrity casting.

Alexandra Burke 'Rachel Marron' and Beno+«t Mar+®chal in The Bodyguard UK Tour - 2772 - Photo by Paul Coltas (6)

By far the strongest element of the production was the set, scenery and lighting. Inventive, unique and ever changing the production team have excelled themselves with shadow projection, slow motion as well as fire, water, rising platforms and enough lighting to be seen from the moon! It felt like a no expense spared West End show.

Alexandra Burke 'Rachel Marron' and The Company in The Bodyguard UK Tour - 2772 - Photo by Paul Coltas (9)

The show still managed tense moments, despite being so fast paced and colourful. Moments of fear were well created by the menacing Phil Atkinson, although the audience seemed more concerned by his six pack than his acting. *eye roll*

A special mention must also go to Micha Richardson who played the second best sister and kept up brilliantly dueting with Burke. Oh and the adorable Fletcher, who is bound to be a star. 

Alexandra Burke 'Rachel Marron' and Beno+«t Mar+®chal 'Frank Farmer' in The Bodyguard UK Tour - 2772 - Photo by Paul Coltas (2)

This production is packed with songs you can’t help but sing along to. From ‘One Moment in Time’ to ‘Saving All My Love’ the evening reminds you of just how many brilliant songs Whitney Houston had and they’ve packed a fair few in with Burke delivering each and every one with power, passion and feeling. The show peaks with an incredible performance

Alexandra Burke 'Rachel Marron' and The Company in The Bodyguard UK Tour - 2772 - Photo by Paul Coltas (10)

The finale came as another surprise to the evening. It was the mother of all finales with a ridiculous amount of energy, a brilliant reprise of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and endless smiles. Burke radiated happiness which made it clear she was absolutely loving being back on stage in this role and her grin was simply infectious. The cast soon had the audience up on their feet, cheering their heads off and dancing in the aisles.

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