Congress Theatre Eastbourne | 7th – 11th June 2016
The Bodyguard Review
Originally written as a screen play for Steve McQueen in 1975, The Bodyguard became the iconic film of 1992, starring the legendary Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Seemingly as popular now as it was then, The Bodyguard the Musical is playing at Eastbourne Congress Theatre until 18th June as part of a national tour following West End success.
The developing love story between a solitary bodyguard Frank Farmer, wonderfully executed by Stuart Reid and a successful and ambitious celebrity singer, Rachel Marron, played by Alexandra Burke, is played out through the lens of protection from The Stalker, Matthew Stathers who deserved the obligatory “boo” from the audience, at the finale, as recognition of a well-played villain. The intensity from the opening scene, coupled with humour and a further complication in the story line of Rachel’s sister’s intentions with Farmer (Nicki Marron played by Rachel John) keep the audience gripped to the story.
As a musical you cannot fault it. Sixteen songs in total, effortlessly and flawlessly performed in the majority by Alexandra Burke include All at Once, All the man that I need, I’m every Woman, One moment in time and Where do broken hearts go, to name a few. It was as if this role was written for Alexandra to perform. Equally as strong in the vocal department was Rachel John, as an individual singer and in total harmony when singing with Alexandra. Needless to say the orchestral line up was impeccable.
The show’s choreography was excellent with some exceptional dancing from the supporting cast, quick costume changes and excellent use of the set including projection added an extra edge to this musical raising this performance above the norm.
The whole cast were excellent and supported the story and main players well, but it has to be said that Alexandra Burke shines in this role. A standing ovation must be a daily and well deserved recognition of a whole team effort in this show. There is nothing not to enjoy. Five stars.
Reviewer : Julie Warwick