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I grew up in the theatre – musicals were my drug of choice. If I wasn’t performing in them then I was watching them or singing them in my bedroom whilst others were listening to 90’s pop CDs. Don’t get me wrong I listened to them too, but nothing gave me a buzz like Musicals. Even as an adult, I may not perform in them but I still love them and get a thrill watching them. When the Bournemouth Pavilion asked if I’d like to attend the opening night of Bodyguard: The Musical I was beyond excited.
The Bodyguard hits you right in the face from the second it starts by literally making us all jump out of our seats… but I don’t want to give too much away.
I have actually seen the musical once before 5 years ago, but quite honestly it doesn’t take away from the thrill of watching it, especially as I had trouble remembering all of it from my first time.
It holds the most incredible array of songs, both from the original movie and a couple of added extras. I always wondered how they would be able to turn this film into a musical but it is done so well, with the use of clever staging as well as image projections. The storyline is easy to follow even without prior knowledge of the film and flows seamlessly into the most incredible story of love, betrayal, loss and so much more.
I could talk on and on about the amazing staging, costumes, music but the real shining light was Zoe Birkett, playing the lead of Rachel Marron. She held me gripped through the entire show with her vocals and her acting and quite simply blew me away. She made me laugh and induced moments of tears and an absolute longing to be up on stage alongside her because you could tell that she was having the best evening of her life.
The cast as a whole were phenomenal, with a special shout out to the wonderful little boy who played Fletcher Marron and did so well.
I would completely recommend going to see The Bodyguard at it will be at the Bournemouth Pavilion up until and including the 12th August when it then moves onto it’s next stop. You can get tickets here and trust me, you will have nothing, nothing, nothing if you don’t see this show!