13-30 January 2016
Reviewed by Lora Hole
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend opening night of The Bodyguard musical at the Bristol Hippodrome.
The Hippodrome is easily accessed, being located in Bristol city centre, and there are many nearby car parks available with the Trenchard Street car park being the handiest and one of the cheapest. We were warmly welcomed into the beautiful, traditional style theatre by their friendly staff. We took our seats in the stalls where we had a great view of the stage.
The show opened with the startling bang of gunfire and in an instant the audience was gripped. With X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, starring as Rachel Marron, I knew the vocals would be amazing but what I didn’t know is how fabulous the supporting cast would be and how brilliant the stage production would be. The stage setup was one of the best I have ever seen with the ability to change from one scene to the next in an instant and the use of high quality projected graphics mixed with live acting. Credit to the orchestra for recreating Whitney Houston’s iconic soundtrack flawlessly.
Melissa James sang superbly in her role as the hugely talented, Nicki Marron, who lives in her superstar sister’s shadow. Coming between the two sisters is the wonderful Stuart Reid playing Frank Farmer, The Bodyguard. Stuart plays the role perfectly as the man who has a dark yet mysterious history and is determined to protect his client even if that means sacrificing his personal happiness. Alexandra Burke shows off why she is a star in her own right by showcasing her incredible voice in The Bodyguard. Her vocal range is astonishing and she managed to keep belting out the songs in what must be a very vocally demanding show for a singer. But not only did Alexandra sing, but she also didn’t look out of place with her acting either. The supporting cast were tremendous and brought light hearted comedic moments to a dramatic evening. Special mention must also go to Mike Denman, aka The Stalker, as he managed to make me jump out of my seat on numerous occasions and terrify the audience with his psychotic stare.
If you get the chance to see a matinee show you will get to see the also fabulous Zoe Birkett, of Pop Idol fame, in the lead role as Rachel Marron.
Overall I think this is a great adaptation of the 1992 Hollywood movie and reminded me how brilliant the songs are. I would recommend this show to anyone, even if you haven’t seen the original film version. To sum up this is an edge of the seat love story accompanied by a blockbuster soundtrack which you don’t want to miss!
Tickets cost from £18.50 to £57.50 (plus £4 transaction fee).
The Bodyguard is at the Bristol Hippodrome until 30 January 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3012.
Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UZ | 0844 871 3012