The musical version of “The Bodyguard” recently opened to rave reviews in London, and now the production is eyeing a Broadway premiere in 2014 that will star Heather Headley.
The New York Post reports that James Nederlander Jr. of the Nederlander Theatre Organization and Nick Scandalios will meet with the producers of the London version about bringing the show to Broadway.
The Nederlander organization reportedly invested around $1 million in the West End production, which also stars Headley as singer Rachel Marron. No official dates, casting or theater has been announced, though the Post says that the goal will be a Spring 2014 opening.
The musical is based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, who portrays Marron.
Headley has received particularly good reviews for her performance in the musical. In addition to acting, Headley also has released four music albums. She has won a Grammy Award and a Tony Award.
Speaking to Playbill.com before this announcement, Headley revealed bringing the show to Broadway has long been a goal.
“Yes, the ultimate theme is to bring it to Broadway, and I think it will be amazing on Broadway,” she said. “It’s really good. It’s just different… It’s a story. It’s a play with music. It’s almost like a concert with a play around it or a play with a concert around it. And, the way they have woven the songs into the show is slightly genius to me. On one end, you’re going to sit there and think, ‘Wait. Did Whitney sing the songs after the musical?” Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
The soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” is the best selling soundtrack album of all time, and with more than 17 million copies sold in the U.S. alone, is one of the best selling albums in general of all time. It features Whitney Houston’s memorable rendition of the Dolly Parton song “I Will Always Love You.”