This week, I got to see The Bodyguard musical on the final stop of its UK tour. Based on the film of the same name, Alexandra Burke heads the cast with her phenomenal vocal powers bringing to life those infamous Whitney Houston classics.
She was joined by Ben Lewis in the role of Frank Farmer (portrayed by Kevin Costner in the movie). And therein lies the problem. I was forever comparing it to the movie, which is an absolute favourite of mine.
It’s definitely just your traditional Disney TV movie, with the fade outs for the ads and everything, and to be honest, I’m not even sure it’s the best musical Disney thing I’ve seen - Camp Rock was probably more fun and inspiring. But still, this is the one that captured the world’s imagination, and it has Zac Efron in it to boot!
This film is not what I was expecting at all. My primary thought having seen it is - why on earth is this so popular? The music is good, the dancing incredible and those art pieces on stage are brilliant - like some fabulous music videos. But as a movie? It’s weird.
At first glance, this film looks like it pushes all the right buttons. A lonely man with a big idea fighting against all odds, some misfits who just want to be accepted, and… well, and Zac Efron.
But all you need to remember from this trailer, and hopefully from the movie is this:
No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.
It was an impromptu trip to the theatre, a last minute decision to snap up tickets to The Phantom of the Opera on a spare Friday night nestled in the midst of a very hectic couple of months.
I like musicals, as they have been ingrained in my life since childhood, but I haven’t had as much chance to indulge recently as I’d like. Since watching We Will Rock You five times, I haven’t seen much else.
It’s a bit long, for a start, but the story is just about good enough to hold it for that long. The songs are good, as expected, but I really wasn’t a fan of all the coloured filters and things. I don’t need a purple sky to be convinced that Bali Hai is a special place to visit, and I certainly don’t need a yellow screen to believe these two are in love. Why yellow?
Ovation for Darius’s Rhett Butler
I didn’t know this was what he’s doing now. A step up from Popstars, eh? Still, if the critics hate it, it’s bound to be good.
McDonald’s savours designer look
Wow. How much do I want a scarf with a big fat M on it?
Driver fined for Bond car crash
Right, sorry, isn’t he a stunt driver? How can it be dangerous driving when it’s his job?
Obviously, this isn’t set in stone and could change at any moment, considering I haven’t seen every single musical under the sun. I haven’t included any songs from We Will Rock You, because that would just be called Top Ten Queen songs, and I’d be hard pushed to narrow that down to ten.
The Epilogue - Les Miserables Seasons of Love - Rent Had to Be - Heathcliff The Sun - Metropolis This Is The Moment – Jekyll & Hyde Past the Point of No Return – Phantom of the Opera People Will Say We’re in Love - Oklahoma Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat – Guys & Dolls I Just Can’t Wait to Be King – The Lion King Tell Me It’s Not True – Blood Brothers