Bookmark

My Faves

Click the bookmark icon to save all the stuff you love.

The Muddy Stilettos Awards are live!

Nominate your favourite businesses

Nominate now

Muddy Stilettos Awards logo
Reader Treats Just For You!

Review: The Bodyguard

Alexandra Burke certainly is Queen of the Night in The Bodyguard at the Bristol Hippodrome

This musical is a winner if you love Whitney. It’s a real treat to hear Alexandra Burke singing some of Houston’s most iconic songs: her voice is tremendously powerful, and her range, from the quiet emotion of “All the Man That I Need” to the gutsy heights of “I Have Nothing”, is truly special.

The Hippodrome is blessed with a wide, deep stage that really shows off its performers. The resident production team did a brilliant job of realising Tim Hatley’s stage design, which cleverly pays homage to the infamous film version by ending multiple scenes through the visible set becoming smaller and smaller, mimicking the lens of a camera.

The musical undoubtedly has its star in Burke’s character Rachel Marron, but the other characters get a pleasing amount of stage-time, displaying the beautiful voice of Micha Richardson playing Rachel’s sister, and the brilliant dancing of the supporting company.

Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron and Micha Richardson as Nicki Marron

The script, however, isn’t so sparkling and it’s difficult to suspend disbelief when both superstar Rachel Marron and her sister Nicki fall in love with bodyguard Frank Farmer after a couple of days at his job and a couple of mundane conversations. The assumption that he is the only one that can save her also feels slightly stilted.

But hey – maybe you don’t go to see The Bodyguard for a nuanced discussion of romance and risk in the 21st century. Maybe you go to hear your favourite songs realised in sparkling 3D; to be dazzled by the spectacle of live performance; and to be swept up in the emotion of it all. If that’s your motivation, then The Bodyguard will certainly deliver.

 

The Bodyguard is on at the Bristol Hippodrome from Thurs 28 March until Sat 6 April.

Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ.

Tickets

 

Words Alex Sayers. Photos Paul Coltas.

Tell us what you think

Your email address will not be published.

* Required
* Required

Little Black Book

The Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

View the businesses
Home icon Back Home

The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Somerset