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#1 Lisa

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:43 PM

Bodyguard beefs up its script for West End
By Baz Bamigboye


Whitney Houston turned I Will Always Love You, Run To You and I Have Nothing into some of the biggest hits of the early Nineties thanks to the soundtrack of romantic thriller The Bodyguard.

In fact, the score for the movie, starring Houston as a difficult soul diva who hires a former Secret Service operative (played by Kevin Costner) to protect her from a crazed killer, was better than the script.

So it’s good news that the stage version of The Bodyguard won’t just be repeating the film. Instead, playwright Alex Dinelarius has written a sharp new book that isn’t a word-for-word copycat of the picture.

Plus, several other numbers associated with Houston, such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), will be used in the show.

The show’s producers David Ian and Michael Harrison have contracted Thea Sharrock to direct The Bodyguard and have cast Heather Headley, a Broadway actress who won a Tony a decade ago for Aida. That musical was unmemorable, but I have never forgotten Ms Headley’s soaring voice. This woman will rock the West End and have people begging her not to stop singing.

I broke the news about The Bodyguard coming to the London stage more than two years ago and I’m pleased the project is finally coming together.

Ms Sharrock staged a reading a few weeks ago in New York and Ms Headley sang two songs. A further workshop will be held in London in late January.

The plan is for The Bodyguard to open in London next autumn.

The Adelphi Theatre is top of the list of desirable venues for the show. Trouble is, the Adelphi is the theatre of choice for a lot of other producers as well.

The search is also on for a leading man to play Frank Farmer, the Costner part. But whoever gets it won’t have to do as much work as Ms Headley, who’ll have at least ten numbers to sing. The lucky actor will, however, have to croak his way through a karaoke version of I Will Always Love You


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#2 remamamama

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 05:24 AM

View PostLisa, on 08 September 2011 - 08:43 PM, said:

Bodyguard beefs up its script for West End
By Baz Bamigboye


Whitney Houston turned I Will Always Love You, Run To You and I Have Nothing into some of the biggest hits of the early Nineties thanks to the soundtrack of romantic thriller The Bodyguard.

In fact, the score for the movie, starring Houston as a difficult soul diva who hires a former Secret Service operative (played by Kevin Costner) to protect her from a crazed killer, was better than the script.

So it’s good news that the stage version of The Bodyguard won’t just be repeating the film. Instead, playwright Alex Dinelarius has written a sharp new book that isn’t a word-for-word copycat of the picture.

Plus, several other numbers associated with Houston, such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), will be used in the show.

The show’s producers David Ian and Michael Harrison have contracted Thea Sharrock to direct The Bodyguard and have cast Heather Headley, a Broadway actress who won a Tony a decade ago for Aida. That musical was unmemorable, but I have never forgotten Ms Headley’s soaring voice. This woman will rock the West End and have people begging her not to stop singing.

I broke the news about The Bodyguard coming to the London stage more than two years ago and I’m pleased the project is finally coming together.

Ms Sharrock staged a reading a few weeks ago in New York and Ms Headley sang two songs. A further workshop will be held in London in late January.

The plan is for The Bodyguard to open in London next autumn.

The Adelphi Theatre is top of the list of desirable venues for the show. Trouble is, the Adelphi is the theatre of choice for a lot of other producers as well.

The search is also on for a leading man to play Frank Farmer, the Costner part. But whoever gets it won’t have to do as much work as Ms Headley, who’ll have at least ten numbers to sing. The lucky actor will, however, have to croak his way through a karaoke version of I Will Always Love You


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Heather Headley is one of the most underrated vocalists ever. Amazing singer.


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#3 LuVaBoY

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:19 AM

Finally!! This will be worth a trip to London! Excited!!

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:37 PM

Ohhh, Heather Headley!? This could be good!!!!!

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#5 remamamama

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 06:57 AM

I wonder if Whitney gave the final nod? Do they need Whitney's approval for her role?
This could be huge for Heather Headley - she's basically my favorite female R&B/soul/gospel singer after Whitney, Yolanda and JHud.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 08:19 PM

View Postremamamama, on 11 September 2011 - 06:57 AM, said:

I wonder if Whitney gave the final nod? Do they need Whitney's approval for her role?


I think they atleast need her approval to use "Queen of the Night" since she wrote it, and maybe "Jesus Loves Me" since she produced it.

#7 liz06

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 09:17 AM

I would actually love to go see this. I'm glad to hear they got Heather Headley for it! Thats great!

#8 Lisa

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:35 PM

Tony Winner Heather Headley Confirms Plans to Star in Stage Adaptation of The Bodyguard


Tony and Grammy winner Heather Headley has confirmed, via Facebook, previous reports that she will star in a forthcoming stage adaptation of the 1992 romantic thriller The Bodyguard, tackling the role made famous by Whitney Houston. The show, directed by Thea Sharrock (Equus), is expected to debut in London in fall 2012.

“So, let’s talk about London....” Headley posted. “Yes! I’ve been offered the role of Rachel in the musical version The Bodyguard. Very Honored! The script has been rewritten a bit and it’s very interesting. Needless to say, the music is great (they’re using many of the songs of Whitney’s catalogue)—very challenging, but great. We’ll start on the West End in London and then we’ll move to Broadway (if all goes well—think it will).”

The Bodyguard starred Houston as soul-singing film diva Rachel Marron, who hires a former U.S. Secret Service agent, Frank Farmer (played in the film by Kevin Costner) as her bodyguard for protection from an obsessed and violent fan. In addition to the anthem “I Will Always Love You,” written by Dolly Parton, the movie features “I’m Every Woman,” “Run To You,” “I Have Nothing,” “Queen of the Night” and “Jesus Loves Me,” all sung by Houston. Additional numbers on the soundtrack include Joe Cocker’s “Trust In Me” and Soul System’s “It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day.” The stage musical will feature a book by Alex Dinelarius.

Headley won the 2000 Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award for the title role in Aida and originated the role of Nala in Broadway’s The Lion King. Her other stage credits include an Encores! presentation of Do Re Mi. Her debut album This Is Who I Am was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2002. She won a Grammy in 2010 for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her third album, Audience of One.


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#9 Lisa

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:36 PM

Heather Headley Offered Leading Role in The Bodyguard Stage Musical
By Adam Hetrick


Tony Award-winning Aida and Lion King star Heather Headley has been offered the role of Rachel in the stage musical adaptation of the hit Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard, which is aiming to bow in London prior to a Broadway run.

In 2009 it was reported that producer David Ian was negotiating for the rights to adapt the 1992 film about an international pop singer in peril and her bodyguard as a new musical. Ian is developing the stage property along with producer Michael Harrison.

According to previous reports in the Daily Mail, Xanna Don't! librettist Alexander Dinelaris has authored the book for The Bodyguard, which will be directed by Thea Sharrock. The plot for the stage production will not be an exact replica of the film.

Headley announced on her Facebook page that the musical will include songs from Houston's pop catalogue. The goal is to debut in London in fall 2012 prior to a Broadway arrival. A New York reading, with Headley among the cast, was presented this summer. The creative team will regroup in London in early 2012 for another workshop.

Here's a look at Headley's post: "I've been offered the role of Rachel in the musical version The Bodyguard. Very Honored! The script has been rewritten a bit and it's very interesting. Needless to say, the music is great (they're using many of the songs of Whitney's catalogue) - - very challenging, but great. We'll start on the West End in London and then we'll move to Broadway (if all goes well - - I think it will)."

Lawrence Kasdan authored the original screenplay to the film that was produced by Kevin Costner (who also costarred in the title role). Songs from the film included "I Will Always Love You" and "Queen of the Night."

An official announcement about the musical's London debut has yet to be made.


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