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REVIEW: The Bodyguard, Norwich Theatre Royal

This top-notch musical has been to us a couple of times before but that hasn’t stopped the crowds packing in to see Alexandra Burke in this glorious role created by the iconic Whitney Houston.

It tells of the singer, Rachel Marron (Burke) and her bodyguard Frank Farmer (Benoit Marechal) and how their professional and private lives collide.

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard (9525153)
Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard (9525153)

It is passionate stuff, with a score to match - look out for the mega hits: One Moment In Time, Saving All My Love, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and the show stealing, I Will Always Love You.

It’s a show with plenty of Broadway appeal - a big set, a big sound, fab costumes, plenty of dancers and some amazing routines that just pound out the beat.

Burke is tremendous in the role: confident and sassy, with seemingly endless energy; Marechal simply smoulders as the bodyguard and I enjoyed Mica Richardson as the ‘second fiddle’ sister, Nicki.

There’s a lot of plot to get through but there are a couple of nice little touches such as the bodyguard attempting a spot of karaoke, which got the audience giggling.

At the end of the show, I was somewhat barged out of the way by a woman on her way to the merchandise counter, saying: ‘We’ve got to get the CD for the car; we’ve got to sing on the way home!’

Says it all, really! A lovely night of pure entertainment. The show continues until May 11.

Sarah Hardy

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