Completely brilliant news everybody, the divine and gloriously wonderful and beyond amazing Beverley Knight has been cast as the lead role in ‘The Bodyguard – A New Musical’, which plays at the the Adelphi Theatre on The Strand.
The show itself is a faithful retelling of the 1992 blockbusting movie The Bodyguard which starred the incomparable Whitney Houston who was a revelation in her first film role alongside Kevin Costner, with the much loved soundtrack selling in excess of 20million copies worldwide. The musical does feature other classic and timeless songs from Whitney’s illustrious back catalogue which are woven into the story, whilst the finale and encore offers a touching tribute to the great lady.
We saw the production in early December – that particular night saw a technical set issue which interrupted the performance during which time Danny DeVito, who was in the audience watching with the now late Richard Griffiths appeared on-stage with announcements and updates as to the situation… it was bizarre because it was so unexpected, Danny was of course an absolute star!
The lead role of Rachel Marron, is currently portrayed in the west-end production in London by the stunning Broadway legend Heather Headley who departs in August and will resume the lead role when the show transfers to Broadway in 2014. Beverley is by far, THE ultimate choice for the role, by far she is the greatest soul singer the UK has ever produced. In her first professional theatre role, Beverley will commence duties from 9th September and will undoubtedly be dazzling and utterly sensational. BIG giant, good luck to you Beverley!
More information about the Olivier award winning show an be found here.