Our friends at cheaptheatretickets.com (London) attended the recent launch of the new West End Musical The Bodyguard, which will open at the Adelphi Theatre on December 5 2012, and their London team kindly asked some questions of the producers on behalf of AussieTheatre.
The producers have confirmed that the musical will be similar to the 1992 film which starred Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston, and will feature songs from the film as well as a Whitney back catalogue. New material written specifically for the production will make up 25% of the score.
A representative from cheaptheatretickets.com told AussieTheatre the producers of The Bodyguard were keen to stress that this was not a rushed project, despite the unfortunate co-incidence which saw the initial announcement of this production occur just one week after the sudden death of Whitney Houston.
“It has been 6 years in the making”, their spokesperson said. “Director Thea Sharrock is a huge Whitney fan and has always wanted to do a musical so this project seems perfect for her.”
It is understood that the show has undergone many workshops, and is still in development. Casting has not yet begun for the smaller roles, but Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen have been cast in the leading roles.
AussieTheatre’s question about future international productions was met with caution — the producers stated that no international versions of the production are in the works at this stage. If the show fares well in London, however, they would look at a possible Broadway season, following in the footsteps of Ghost The Musical, another film/musical adaptation.
Check out this behind the scenes video from the workshop of The Bodyguard, and visit cheaptheatretickets.com to read their article on the launch