It’s the show based on the movie that became the seventh highest grossing film of 1992 and made Whitney Houston’s version of I Will Always Love You an international hit. Now, The Bodyguard has been turned into a West End stage show.
Several years in production the show stars Tony and Grammy award-winning actress Heather Headley (The Lion King, Aida) in the role Whitney made famous, Rachel Marron and Lloyd Owen (Monarch of the Glen) stepping into Kevin Costner’s shoes as the bodyguard himself Frank Farmer. Written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back) the stage version of the show brings the story up to date for a 2012 audience (references to Twitter included) and throws a few extra Whitney songs in for good measure.
HeyUGuys caught up with the shows main stars to find out more about what we can expect, adapting the story for the stage and what it was like to take on some of the best known pop songs of all time. We found out how they felt about taking on these two iconic characters, how they felt about the movie being adapted into a stage-show and how they feel about big-name stars (especially the likes of Kevin Costner who is currently in London shooting Jack Ryan) coming to see their performance.
The Bodyguard is previewing at the Adelphi Theatre, London WC2 and opens on December 5. Tickets can be booked online at thebodyguardmusical.com or by phone on 0844 5790094.
The photos from the show that you see in the interview below are course of photographer Paul Coltas.