MEDIA RELEASE 10 October 2016
Producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost today announced that the international award-winning hit musical THE BODYGUARD will reach Australian theatres in 2017. The Australian tour will commence in Sydney in April next year.
A ‘BRILLIANT!’ (The Times), breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD includes a whole host of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, Greatest Love Of All, Million Dollar Bill, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.
Based on the smash-hit Warner Bros 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner and written by the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back), THE BODYGUARD features a book by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris.
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar singer Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.
The world premiere production of THE BODYGUARD commenced previews at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 6 November 2012, starring Grammy and Tony Award winner Heather Headley as Rachel Marron. With numerous sell-out extensions, it ran for nearly two years, and a UK tour commenced in February 2015. Subsequent productions have opened in the Netherlands and Germany. A West End revival began in July at the Dominion Theatre, and a North American tour begins in November this year, starring Grammy nominated superstar Deborah Cox.
“I’m thrilled to that Australia will finally get to see this sensational, multi-million-dollar musical,” said John Frost on behalf of his co-producers. “When David Ian approached me in 2012 to co-produce the world premiere in London, I jumped at the chance to be involved. This iconic story and those soaring ballads were itching to be made into a stage musical, and its success over the past four years has proved it. The original production was extended many times with audiences flocking to the show, and the subsequent UK tour has broken box office records at most of the theatres where it’s played. I know Australian audiences will love THE BODYGUARD as much as I do.”
Fans can waitlist for priority tickets now at www.thebodyguardmusical.com.au