The Bodyguard the musical at the Adelphi theatre in London features a whole host of Whitney Houston classic hit songs, including the iconic ‘I Will Always Love You’.
The songs featured in The Bodyguard the musical
The Bodyguard Musical – Act I
1.”Queen of the Night” written by Whitney Houston, L.A. Reid, Babyface and Daryl Simmons. “Queen of the Night” is a song co-written and performed by Whitney Houston. It was the fifth and final single released from her multi-platinum soundtrack The Bodyguard.
2.”I’m Your Baby Tonight” written by L.A. Reid and Babyface from the Whitney Houston album I’m Your Baby Tonight
3.”Oh Yes” written by Missy Elliott, Kelvin “K.B.” Bradshaw and Lloyd “Spec” Turner from the fourth studio album My Love is Your Loving by Whitney Houston, released in 1998.
4.”Saving All My Love” written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin with arrangement by Gene Page. It was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 on their album Marilyn & Bill. Whitney Houston’s version was the second hit single from her self-titled debut album. The song topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, being her first number one in the chart. The song has sold over 2.5 million copies World Wide.
5.”Saving All My Love” (Reprise)
6.”So Emotional” written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. The song was the third single from Whitney Houston’s second album Whitney, and was released in 1987. It reached number five in the UK and number one in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it became her sixth consecutive number one; it is her sixth biggest hit on the Hot 100 chart.
7.”Run To You” written by Allan Rich and Jud Friedman. “Run to You” is a song performed by Whitney Houston and is the fourth single released from The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album. Originally intended to be a break-up song, however, a month later, the director of The Bodyguard (Mick Jackson) called, saying he liked the song so much, but he’d rather have it to be a love song so the entire song was rewritten, except for the title.
8.”How Will I Know” is a song recorded by Whitney Houston for her debut album, titled Whitney Houston, which was released in February 1985. It was the album’s third single. Composed by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, the song was originally intended for Janet Jackson, but she passed on it. Houston then recorded the song with altered lyrics and production from Narada Michael Walden. An up-tempo dance song, it became Houston’s second number one single on the United States Billboard Hot 100.
9.”I Will Always Love You” written by Dolly Parton . Whitney Houston recorded a version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard which is one of the best selling singles of all time.
10.”I Have Nothing” written by David Foster and Linda Thompson. “I Have Nothing” was released by Whitney Houston as the third single from The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album in 1993. The song is a richly orchestrated power ballad about deep love and commitment to one’s lover.
The Bodyguard Musical Act II
11.”All the Man That I Need” written by American songwriters Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. The song was first recorded by Linda Clifford in 1982, for her album I’ll Keep on Loving You. It was later recorded and released as a single by the musical group Sister Sledge. Later, in 1989, Whitney Houston recorded her version and subsequently released it as a single in 1990. Houston’s version became a major hit and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart; it remains as her fourth biggest hit.
12.”I’m Every Woman” written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Whitney Houston recorded the song for The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album. It was released as the soundtrack’s second single in January 1993.
13.”All At Once” written by Michael Masser and Jeffrey Osborne and recorded by Whitney Houston. It was released as a single in Japan and several European countries in 1985 and 1986. While it did not receive an official single release domestically in the U.S., the song did receive significant radio airplay there.
14.”Jesus Loves Me” written by Anna Bartlett Warner, William Batchelder Bradbury. Jesus Loves Me is a Christian hymn set to words by Anna Bartlett Warner. The lyrics first appeared as a poem in the context of a novel called Say and Seal, written by Susan Warner and published in 1860, in which the words were spoken as a comforting poem to a dying child. The tune was added in 1862 by William Batchelder Bradbury who found the text of “Jesus Loves Me” in that book. Along with his tune, Bradbury added his own chorus “Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus Loves me…” After publication the song became one of the most popular Christian hymns in churches around the world. Whitney Houston’s version was recorded as part of The Bodyguard soundtrack.
16.”Jesus Loves Me” (Reprise)
17.”One Moment In Time” a worldwide hit Emmy Award winning song written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis, recorded by Whitney Houston for the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1988 Summer Paralympics held in Seoul, South Korea.
18.”I Will Always Love You” (Reprise)
19.”I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is the first single from Whitney Houston’s second studio album Whitney. Written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam of the band Boy Meets Girl, who had previously written the number-one Whitney Houston hit “How Will I Know”. The original arrangement was more of a country tune, but was transformed by Walden to make it a dance song.
The inspiration behind The Bodyguard the musical
Whitney Houston was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Whitney Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She released ten albums, including the soundtrack album for The Bodyguard, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.
Whitney Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Whitney Houston’s 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. Her second album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Whitney Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With the Bodyguard, Houston became the first artist to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week. The Bodyguard album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four.
On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in California. She had accidentally drowned in the bathtub due to the effects of chronic cocaine use and heart disease.
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