“Melody Thornton shines as leading lady Rachel Marron with outstanding vocals”.
We are all probably familiar with the 1992 film, The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston as Rachel Marron, a global superstar blighted by an obsessive stalker who is soon dealt with by her new Bodyguard, Frank Farmer played by Kevin Costner. Well, the stage version of The Bodyguard has been entertaining audiences since 2012 with many incredible performers playing the lead role to critical acclaim. Here we are in 2023, and Melody Thornton of Pussycat Dolls fame has taken the mantle and I have to say completely surprised me with her performance and superb vocal ability.
The show starts with a bang, quite literally, and we are treated to the first of many Whitney Houston classics, Queen of the Night. Thornton looks every inch the superstar and instantly commands the stage. The song list for this show is probably one of the most vocally demanding for any performer, however Thornton absolutely delivers each and every song with precision and flair. When a role is so famously associated with one of probably the best female vocalists of our generation, you would be forgiven for comparing whoever is playing the role on stage, however Thornton completely holds her own and produces a wonderful sound throughout.