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Bodyguard - The Musical at the Ronacher in Vienna

Published: September 14, 2018; 18:53 · (Vindobona)

On 27 September 2018, the Austrian premiere of the successful international production "Bodyguard" will take place in Vienna's Ronacher, based on one of the greatest blockbusters of all time. Bodyguard replaces the cult musical "Dance of the Vampires", which recently celebrated its acclaimed Dernière.

Bodyguard - The Musical at the Ronacher in Vienna / Picture: © Vereinigte Bühnen Wien Ges.m.b.H.

Meanwhile, many productions have taken place in many countries. From September onwards, the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien (VBW) will stage the international hit production, based on one of the biggest cinema blockbusters of all time, at the Ronacher.

Spectacular choreographies, the songs of the "Grammy" award-winning film soundtrack and many more international hits - sung in English - guarantee the audience a first class live experience.

The thrilling, soulful story of the musical and songs like One Moment in Time, I Want to Dance With Somebody, I Have Nothing, Queen of the Night, The Greatest Love of All or Saving All My Love are sure to give the audience goosebumps.

One of the most moving ballads of all time, I Will Always Love You, completes an unforgettable theater evening.

About the Musical "The Bodyguard"

The Bodyguard is a 2012 stage musical written by Alexander Dinelaris, based on the 1992 film The Bodyguard, with the score featuring songs recorded by Whitney Houston including "One Moment in Time", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and her cover version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You".

The show was officially confirmed in February 2012 and following six years of development, producers confirmed the show would play London's Adelphi Theatre from November 2012.

Costing around five million pounds to produce the show is written by Alexander Dinelaris, produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian directed by Thea Sharrock, set and costumes are designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker, video projection by Duncan McLean, choreography by Arthur Pita, musical arrangements, orchestrations and underscore by Chris Egan.

The show's book by Alexander Dinelaris brings the story forward to present day and changes the focus of the story to bring the character of Rachel Marron to the forefront rather than the bodyguard.

The script adapted from the original screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan also expands the role of Rachel Marron's sister Nicki.

The stage musical like the original film features music by Whitney Houston which in addition to the original movie soundtrack adds the following additional Houston tracks: "So Emotional", "One Moment in Time", "Saving All My Love for You", "I'm Your Baby Tonight", "How Will I Know", "Oh Yes", "All the Man That I Need", "All at Once", and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody".

Following Whitney Houston's death the show's star Heather Headley considered withdrawing from the role of Rachel Marron originated by Houston in the film. She later said "You don't want people to compare you to Whitney. I didn't want it before and especially not now after her passing. I want people to come in and say this is Heather's version - this is Heather playing Rachel Marron and singing Whitney songs. I am always trying to find a way to make them my own but still acknowledge and keep the integrity of her music."

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