Paulini, one of Australia’s finest vocalists and performers, will play the leading role of Rachel Marron in the Australian premiere of the international award winning hit musical “The Bodyguard”. The Australian tour will open at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on 21 April 2017, followed by seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Based on the smash hit Warner Bros film which starred Whitney Houston as Rachel and Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer, the former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, who is hired to protect superstar singer Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge, but what they don’t expect is to fall in love.
Australia first fell in love with Paulini and her impressive five octave range during the inaugural series of Australian Idol. One of her childhood idols was Whitney Houston and Paulini won the National Star Search Competition in her teens with her rendition of Whitney’s timeless classic “When You Believe”. The Fijian born singer songwriter went on to release three highly acclaimed albums and has collaborated with some of the world’s best music producers. With her incredible voice, stunning looks and engaging personality, Paulini is one of Australia’s most uniquely talented performers.
Produced by John Frost, Michael Harrison and David Ian, “The Bodyguard” is written by the acclaimed, Oscar nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back) and features a book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).
Kip Gamblin will be playing the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer, made famous by Kevin Costner. The principal cast also features Prinnie Stevens as Nicki Marron, alongside Andrew Hazzard as Sy Spector, Patrick Williams as Bill Devaney, Brendan Irving as the Stalker, Damien Bermingham as Tony and Glaston Toft as Ray Court.
Featuring many irresistible classics including One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Greatest Love Of All, I Wanna Dance With Somebody plus one of the greatest hit songs of all time, I Will Always Love You, the audience will probably be singing all the way home.
John Frost commented ““The Bodyguard” has been a huge hit everywhere it has played since its 2012 world premiere in London. I have no doubt Australia will fall in love with this iconic story and those soaring ballads all over again”. Sydney: Lyric Theatre, The Star from 21 April 2017. Performance Times: Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6pm. Matinees: Tuesday & Wednesday 1pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm. Melbourne: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street from 24 August 2017. Performance Times: Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday/Thursday 7.30pm, Friday/Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6pm. Matinees: Tuesday & Wednesday 1pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm.