Producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost have announced that the Melbourne season of the international award-winning hit musical The Bodyguard will play at the Regent Theatre from 24 August. The 2017 Australian tour will commence at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on 21 April, before playing at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane from 19 July, before moving to the Regent Theatre, Melbourne.
Joining the principal cast of Paulini as Rachel Marron, Kip Gamblin as bodyguard Frank Farmer and Prinnie Stevens as Nicki Marron will be Andrew Hazzard (Spring Awakening) as Sy Spector, Patrick Williams (Hair) as Bill Devaney, Brendan Irving (The Rocky Horror Show) as the Stalker, Damien Bermingham (Chicago) as Tony, and Glaston Toft (Jersey Boys) as Ray Court.
Also joining the cast are Anthony Bartley, Samantha Bruzzese, Amy Campbell, Olivia Cariniato, Chris Van Doren, Heath Keating, Bree Langridge, Sasha Lian, Samuel McKeown II, Priscilla Stavrou, Max Trengove, Blake Varga and Geoffrey Winter. The young actors who will play Rachel Marron’s son will be revealed later.
“We have an incredible cast for The Bodyguard, led by two extraordinary singers, Paulini and Prinnie Stevens, and leading man Kip Gamblin in his first musical theatre role,” said John Frost on behalf of his co-producers. “I can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room and watch the show unfold. I have no doubt Australia will fall in love with this iconic story and those soaring ballads all over again.”
Based on the smash-hit Warner Bros 1992 film 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 Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), and tells the story of former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer who 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 Bodyguard features a whole host of irresistible classic songs 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.
Sydney Lyric Theatre – The Star, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
Season: 21 April – 11 June 2017 (Opening Night: 27 April)
Lyric Theatre – QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank (Brisbane)
Season: 19 July – 5 August 2017
Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne
Season: 24 August – 17 September 2017
Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au (tickets on sale 27 February)
For more information, visit: www.thebodyguardmusical.com.au for details.
Image: Kip Gamblin and Paulini star in The Bodyguard