A screen-to-stage version of The Bodyguard will premiere in the Adelphi Theater in the fall. Tony award-winning Broadway sensation Heather Headley will play Whitney Houston‘s role, as the singing diva Rachel Marron.
The Bodyguard musical, directed by Thea Sharrock, has been in the works for some time. While the production is set to open just nine months after Houston’s untimely death last February, The Bodyguard producer, Michael Harrison, says he has been working on it for some time.
“I don’t know, I guess some people may say that we’re cashing in on Whitney‘s death- but I’ve been working on this for six years. We were all incredibly shocked by her death, especially after all the time been working on this, listening to the songs and hearing that voice. Heather is a massive Whitney fan, too. It’s been very strange and very sad.”
Whitney’s family is invited to attend the musical on opening night, November 6. The Bodyguard was a successful acting role for Whitney, marking her acting debut. From there came her hit song “I Will Always Love You,” which went straight to the top of the charts for some time.
The score will include all of the songs in the Bodyguard film, along with other Whitney songs that have become hits. Some of the songs featured in the musical include, “One Moment In Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “How Will I Know,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” among others. “I Have Nothing” and “Run To You” will also be included in the stage production of the romantic thriller.
By Ikam Acosta