I recently found myself in the big city with a night free to myself, and to indulge in what makes me happy: a single ticket to a stage show.
What I needed to decide on was what show to see…and I knew that I couldn’t go wrong with any Mirvish production. So I headed straight down to Yonge Street and right to the box office at the gorgeous Ed Mirvish Theatre to buy my ticket for The Bodyguard – The Musical. I had already read some great reviews of the show and had heard that although it was was based on the 1992 movie of the same name, that it actually included many more of Whitney Houston’s hit repertoire.
Although there are no discounts offered for buying a last-minute single ticket, buying your tickets right from the box office means you save on any/all of the additional fees you normally pay when buying tickets online (which comes to about $11.00 per ticket!). Also, because I had seen a deal for tickets on WagJag, I was able to use the promo code at the box office and they honoured the WagJag deal! I was able to get a single ticket for a very decent seat for a great price, so I was thrilled!
The show itself was so much better than I even imagined and I was so glad that I made the choice to see it. The Toronto cast is composed of the West End cast from the London revival production, with the British Queen of Soul, Beverley Knight, in the lead role of Rachel Marron.
Beverley Knight is not only an accomplished award-winning singer and recording artist in the United Kingdom, but has also received the Order of the British Empire from the Queen for her contributions to music and charity work. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in her talent and her voice, which lived up to the high expectations of the original songstress Whitney. Listening to her sing such hits as “Greatest Love of All”, “How Will I Know” and “Saving All My Love” gave me chills as it brought me back to the mid 1980’s and early 1990’s, and the great heyday of Whitney. On my subway ride home, I couldn’t stop humming “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and really wished that I had Whitney’s greatest hits on my phone so I could hear them all.
Here is the promotional trailer for the show, where you can get a glimpse of what’s waiting for you…
And just watch this next video to witness the talented Beverley Knight performing “Memory” from Cats for Andrew Lloyd Webber…. (Cats is still on my “to-see” list!)
I wouldn’t recommend taking small children to see this musical, no matter how much you want them to enjoy the music of your adolescence… Some scenes are somewhat “scary” and there are very adult situations.
While the story in the musical varies slightly from the story in the original movie, it didn’t affect my love for the musical at all. I was thoroughly taken by the exceptionally talented cast, the marvellous sets and the music…oh the music…. Cheers and well done to all!
The Bodyguard – The Musical is on stage now at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Yonge Street in Toronto only until May 14, 2017, so be sure to get your tickets and see this show before it leaves Toronto!