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Bodyguard The Musical

Proving she still has the X-Factor, songstress Alexandra Burke takes on the leading role in Bodyguard The Musical. We absolutely loved the high energy performance and even got a sneaky Q&A with the leading lady.

 

It’s possibly one of the best chick flicks of the 90’s with one of the biggest hit songs of all time. The Bodyguard the Musical revisits the creepy stalker thriller/love story which sees former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Benoît Maréchal – swoon) fall in love with superstar singer Rachel Marron (Alexandra Burke) as he tries to protect her from an unknown stalker.

I popped along to the The Theatre Royal Norwich with my mum and right from the start they had us on the edge of our seats – literally (I won’t spoil anything). The production felt like a movie/concert with Alexandra Burke power housing through a medley of Whitney Classics. From the explosive start of Queen of the Nile to ‘I wanna dance with somebody’ party ending – we loved every minute.

Micha Richardson who played Nicki Marron (sister) was amazing, you can’t really  compare voices although I’m sure many would try but she certainly kept up with Alexandra Burke as they duetted on Jesus Loves Me and Run to You. French actor/model Benoît Maréchal aka ‘The Bodyguard’ was certainly pleasing to the eye and I couldn’t work out whether he portrayed the slightly uptight character brilliantly or possibly his acting was a little wooden but either way it wasn’t enough to distract from an overall great chemistry between the main characters. I personally would have let him keep the sexy French accent as you couldn’t help but hear it creeping through at times – no complaints here ladies.

Fletcher played by Emmanuel Owusu-Boachie was adorable, confident and could also hold a note or two.

The staging was beautiful with some clever pyrotechnic effects, smoke and silhouette screens which all added to the tension and captured the mood perfectly.

A well deserved standing ovation was followed by the whole audience dancing along with the cast – what a fabulous feel good night. Tickets are limited but I’d recommend trying if you fancy a fun girly evening – it’s on until 11 May.

I’m now off to ‘rent’ the movie for a bit more 90’s nostalgia.

Muddy was lucky enough to get a few questions with the lovely leading lady about reprising her role for the third time and stepping into Whitney’s shoes as lead character Rachel Marron.

What is it about the role of Rachel that made you want to return to the show, having played the role both in the West End and on tour previously?

I think what’s really exciting about the show is that it includes Whitney Houston’s catalogue of work which really makes the show. It takes me back to when I was a child and had a hairbrush in my hand and was always singing Whitney to my Mum. For me, the storyline never gets old. People always ask me if I get tired of performing the same show six times a week, but I honestly don’t. It’s never the same show each night. It was also an exciting prospect to be singing Whitney Houston for a year, which of course will be tough but at the same time very rewarding. This show is my dream. You can’t beat the adrenaline of the end of the show when it hits the finale and everyone is on their feet, that feeling of knowing everyone has enjoyed the show.

Do you feel any pressure singing such big songs made famous by Whitney Houston?

Absolutely. The songs aren’t easy to sing. Luckily some of them aren’t in Whitney’s key, which I’m very thankful for. At the same time, it’s very rewarding. Singing Whitney Houston six times a week is no joke and it’s very hard but also incredible.

Did you have a favourite Whitney Houston track before you became involved in The Bodyguard, and has that changed now you’re getting to sing the songs?

Yeah, you know what, actually I did. I think my favourite Whitney track of all time was I Will Always Love You and a couple of years ago after performing the show night after night it changed to I Have Nothing. I love performing that in the show. I could happily do Act 1, sing I Have Nothing and go home, but that’s not how it works!

Do you have any ‘must-have’ items for on tour?

I don’t know if you can call them ‘items’ – but my dogs! They are my living, little loving things, all four of them. I would also say the essentials for a singer are a steamer, a humidifier, ginger, lemon, honey, very basic and very simple. Plus, my favourite pillow which goes with me everywhere and I always pack a onesie because you can never go wrong with a onesie at any time of year!

Do you get much down-time whilst on tour, and if so what are your favourite things to do?

I know this sounds quite boring but my favourite thing to do on tour is go to the gym, so I’ve been going to the gym every single day to challenge myself and do the show. It’s my escape. It’s the one hour I get to myself and I can concentrate on making myself stronger. I also love going to the cinema. I really like to find little boutique cinemas in different cities. Also, finding any vintage and second-hand shops is something I love to do when I can.

Have you ever received any words of advice that have stuck with you?

Yes, from Whitney herself actually. My mum used to do backing vocals for Whitney and when my mum sang with her on Top of the Pops she spoke to Whitney about me and said “oh my daughter really loves you and wants to be a singer” and Whitney’s advice to me was to keep working and never stop – to strike whilst the iron’s hot. That’s why in the past ten years I’ve never really stopped as that’s stuck with me – work hard and strike whilst the iron’s hot.

Do you have any exciting plans for the future?

I am engaged, but we’re not planning a wedding just yet because it’s a busy time. So my exciting plans, as well as this brilliant tour, is to also record an album whilst doing the tour. I’m scheduling studio sessions on all my breaks and hopefully by 2020 I’ll start to concentrate on my music for a bit.

The Bodyguard, Tues 30 April – Sat 11 May at 7.30pm (Weds and Sat matinees at 2.30pm)

Book tickets: £10 – £53.50

Alexandra Burke will perform the role of Rachel Marron at all evening performances only.

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