"A dynamic pulsating musical sensation"
by Jill Lawrie on 07/08/13

Based on the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner movie, this musical opened in the West End last November starring Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen, to be replaced next month by Beverley Knight and Tristan Gemmill.

A former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer is hired as a bodyguard to protect superstar Rachel Marron from a disturbing and unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – they did not expect to fall in love!

Directed by Thea Sharrock this slick and stylish musical embraces Whitney’s most memorable hits cleverly worked into the storyline including such show stopping numbers as “Queen of the Night”, “So Emotional”, “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”.

Tim Hatley’s spectacular set of moving panels and cinematography does wonders for the somewhat weak narrative, so too the variety of striking costumes. Mark Letheren convincingly upholds a menacing presence throughout as the unidentified stalker, while Rachel’s sister Nicki is played by the very capable vocalist Debbie Kurup, who forever lives in her sister’s shadow. Star wattage from the excellent ensemble dancers and a fine performance from Lloyd Owen (Frank Farmer) ~ the glowering unlikely lady-killer. But undoubtedly it is Heather Headley (Rachel Marron) who steals the show with her impassioned dynamic vocals and hugely charismatic performance ~ every inch the superstar.

The profusion of big hits and energetic dance routines makes this a night to remember. If you are a fan of Whitney’s this musical cannot fail to ignite, with so many exceptional numbers from this highly competent cast.

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