Heather Headley in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre
The Singer Stars Alongside Lloyd Owen in the Production Whilst Acclaimed Thea Sharrock Directs in the West End.
After months of speculation the musical production of “The Bodyguard” has finally been revealed, with a start date of 6th November announced at the Adelphi Theatre. Also revealed are the names of those set to bring the show to the West End stage, with Trinidadian singer Heather Headley stepping into the shoes of Whitney Houston in the role of Rachel Marron, Lloyd Owen replacing Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer and Thea Sharrock announced as the director.
The production, which is based on the 1992 movie, has been touted for some time now and it is likely to attract a great deal of attention, particularly as Whitney Houston has been in the news in recent months following her death in February.
It tells the story of Frank Farmer as he is assigned to protect the singer Rachel Marron and during the course of their interactions they fall in love with one another.
The movie adaptation would follow in the footsteps of other shows that have big-screen origins, such as “Shrek the Musical”, “Ghost the Musical” and the soon-to-close “The King’s Speech”.
Heather Headley is a singer and songwriter and whilst this would be her West End debut, she has a well known credit as Nala in “The Lion King” on Broadway, though she also has additional Broadway credits that have likely caught the attentions of “The Bodyguard” producers such as “Aida” and “Do Re Mi”. He music career has seen her release various albums over the years as well, including her debut album “This Is Who I Am” in 2002 and, more recently, “Audience of One” in 2010.
Meanwhile, Lloyd Owen is a British actor whose career has included various television roles and stage appearances. His credits include “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”, “Monarch of the Glen” and “Miss Potter”, in addition to theatre roles like “The Tempest”.
“The Bodyguard” opens at the Adelphi Theatre on 5th December 2012 (previews from 6th November 2012), with theatre tickets initially going on sale for dates up to April 2013.