BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at Regent Theatre
The stage adaptation of the 1992 film of the same name, The Bodyguard The Musical tells the story of Rachel Marron, a chart topping pop star who's life is turned upside down by an obsessed stalker.
The film's award winning soundtrack makes the stage adaptation a no-brainer, featuring some of the biggest crowd pleasing tracks of all time, like "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing", "Queen of the Night", and "Run to You".
That's the reason to see the show - a reminder of the inimitable talent of Whitney Houston, sung perfectly by Paulini Curuenvauli as Rachel Marron. The thin plot and hard to relate to characters make for a pretty empty script, so the production uses an ensemble of energetic dancers to create the light and shade.
Australian Idol alumni Paulini definitely has the voice to sing Whitney's hits, but isn't necesarily a leading lady. Prinnie Stevens in the role of Nicki Marron, the pop stars envious sister truly shines in all her vocal moments and the blend of her voice with Paulini's is just divine. Stevens works strongly with the rewritten character she's been given and gives a noteworthy performance.
In the role Kevin Costner made famous, Kip Gamblin's Frank is a man of few words. His brooding character is reminiscent of Costner but there is something missing when it comes to the chemistry and romance between the two lead characters.
There are some wonderful comedic moments in the show that juxtapose the drama and intensity nicely. Most of these moments feature two very talented cast members, Andrew Hazzard as Sy, and Lachlan Martin as multiple characters (but definitely most notably as the DJ in the karaoke bar).
Whilst not a brilliant musical, if you're a Whitney Houston fan or looking for an easy to watch musical, then this show will have you dancing in your seat. The dancing is a spectacle that must be seen to be believed and the voice of Whitney Houston is very much alive in The Bodyguard.