Review: The Bodyguard, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, April 2019


Whether you’re a musicals fanatic, a Whitney Houston fan, or someone just looking for a good evening out, then you can’t go wrong with The Bodyguard.

The show started with a bang, literally, and continued to keep us engaged right through to the spectacular end.  The musical is based on the 1992 film and this production directed by Thea Sharrock stays true to the original storyline.

The film featured iconic singer and actress Whitney Houston as the lead character, Rachel Marron, so the musical needed an exceptional singer to take the lead.  They have definitely found this exceptional star in Alexandra Burke.

Alexandra can belt the classics out, she can dance, act, and she is beautiful!  She fills the role well and you will not be disappointed by her performance.  In fact, she is the heart of the show.  She achieves the tricky balance of fulfilling the role without simply mimicking Whitney Houston.  The production features all our favourite Whitney Houston classics, Queen of the Night, One Moment in Time, So Emotional, Saving All My Love, Million Dollar Bill, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and, of course, the song which is so closely associated with the film, I Will Always Love You.

The other characters include Fletcher, her son, Nicki, her sister, played by Micha Richardson, and of course Frank Farmer, the bodyguard, played by Benoit Marechal. The cast are all very talented and complement her performance.

The Bodyguard is a story that uses classic songs to seamlessly separate its scenes.  It is sad, funny, tragic, romantic, dramatic and everything in between … all in two hours and tenminutes.

I recommend catching the show while we have the pleasure of hosting it in Cardiff, or if you are unlucky and miss it here, follow it to its next home.

Tickets for The Bodyguard are still available, and the show is here until April 27. You can call the box office on 02920636464


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