Review – The Bodyguard
‘The Bodyguard’ at Birmingham Hippodrome
At the outset, I feel I need to qualify what follows with these two facts:
- This is my first ever written review.
- I am a Whitney Houston fan.
I was both excited and nervous as I arrived at the Hippodrome to see The Bodyguard. I really wanted the show to be good, but I was worried that they wouldn’t do Whitney’s famous songs justice. So with a fair amount of trepidation, I took my seat on the fourth row and held my breath….
I was not disappointed!! The opening scenes were met with gasps and cheers from the audience and set the mood nicely for a high-energy rollercoaster of a show. We had tension, drama, suspense, lots of laughs and a few tears… the perfect combination.
The set and scenery was very effective and the staging was really well worked. Be warned though, there are some pyrotechnics at the start and some flashing lights at times (plus a few loud bangs!) so it might not be suitable for everyone.
The cast of stars were just amazing. Alexandra Burke (Rachel Marron) and Melissa James (Nicki Marron) have truly beautiful singing voices and each sang fantastic renditions of some of Whitney’s best-loved hits. (‘I Have Nothing’ and ‘All the Man that I Need’ were particular favourites of mine). The true star of the show, however, was Xhanti Mbonzongwana who played Rachel’s son, Fletcher. I’m sure he captured the hearts of everyone there.
The show finished with everyone up on their feet, dancing and singing, and I left the Hippodrome on a complete high. This is a wonderful showcase of Whitney’s music, intertwined with a great story, portrayed by brilliant actors and performers. If you get the chance, go see it!!!
The Bodyguard is now extended until Sat 5 Sep. Tickets are available here
Review by Louise Oram