So I meant to post about this shortly after seeing it last week, but didn’t get a chance to until now. The Bodyguard: The Musical has been running in Toronto for several weeks now and I was delighted to have gotten a chance to see it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original film but I just knew the that singing was going to be on point. I’m sure that was probably the main draw for many people. It turns out that the night we went, the main actress, Beverley Knight, was not performing, and an alternative ‘Rachel Marron’ played by Carole Stennett was performing. I can only imagine how much added pressure the alternative must feel as I’m sure a lot of comparison is being done to the main actress, but she was amazing! Her vocals are superb and gave us all chills. I even tweeted about the performance the next day and was humbled to see a response from her.
I’ve only seen a select few of musicals in the past – The Lion King being one of them – (which I must say is another amazing spectacle which Stennett has also performed in). With Broadway, the insanely fast set and costume changes always take my breath away and this show was no different. Mobile devices were strictly prohibited during the performance (which was understandable) but I wish I could have taken a pic or two of some the sets which were just spectacular – especially near the end when Rachel performed the iconic I Will Always Love You – she was literally standing on a pedestal surrounded by disco balls and strobe lights – and you just really felt the performance.
The show ended with I Wanna Dance with Somebody and everyone was on their feet dancing and clapping along with the onstage performers. This was a lot of fun since you didn’t really get a chance to move around during the show.
Stuart Reid who played Frank Farmer also did a wonderful job. You could really feel the chemistry between the two characters.
Overall, I give the Bodyguard musical two thumbs up and highly recommend seeing it before its Toronto run ends in May.