Review: The Bodyguard 

Review: The Bodyguard

When a show comes to the Opera House, and it’s such a big attraction that they need to squeeze in a few extra seats to accommodate the demand, then you know it’s going to be a big night out.

Add in a pre theatre meal and an overnight stay at the Fitzwilliam Hotel and post show drinks with the cast, then an awesome night out is pretty much guaranteed!

The Bodyguard doesn’t need any introduction. We all know the movie, it’s almost a classic, and saw Whitney Houston at the peak of her success in the early 90’s.

In the Opera House, this touring production doesn’t disappoint, it’s big and bold with an ever changing and totally awesome set, all the biggest Whitney hits, and of course Alexandra Burke.

It’s a bit of a change from the movie because of the inclusion of Whitney’s greatest hits. For me that’s what makes it special, as a one time huge Whitney fan. To see and hear all the hits performed live on stage was a real treat. Alexandra puts her own stamp on them, and belts them out, but for me, Whitney songs aren’t for covering and I find it strange listening to a different voice singing them. Such are the problems of a superfan! But Alexandra, what a voice.

The energy on stage is electric, the dancing, singing, staging and production is big big big. I heard someone behind me say, ‘how could you not love this’, and that’s true. The Bodyguard is like nothing the Opera House audience has seen before. You’ll be wowed, you’ll be standing by the end of the show, and it’ll be a night out you won’t forget.

And how handy is it to take a few steps next door in to the Fitzwilliam Hotel for a night of luxury in a room with views over the city followed up with a freshly cooked breakfast the following morning. Gotta love the Fitz and its contemporary, comfortable rooms with a HUGE shower, super comfy beds and a team who will do anything to please.

Jeff Meredith


Post Author: Belfast Times

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