Heather Headley to take Whitney Houston role

Heather Headley will play the Whitney Houston role in a stage tuner version of the 1992 Kevin Costner movie “The Bodyguard,” opening at London’s Adelphi theater in the fall.

Houston’s recent death might look like the spur to the production but the tuner has been in the works for some time. Produced by David Ian (“Grease,” “The Sound of Music”) and Michael Harrison, it was originally skedded to open this spring at the Aldwych Theater with Alexandra Burke, winner of TV’s “The X Factor” in the Houston role.

Thea Sharrock (“Equus”) will direct the show, which will have a book by Alex Dinelaris (“Zanna, Don’t”) and additional songs from Houston’s back catalog. The show marks the U.K. stage debut for Grammy winner Headley, who also won the Best Actress Tony for her perf in Disney’s “Aida.” Further casting has yet to be announced.

Although dates have yet to be confirmed, the production will follow the strictly limited engagement of the transfer of the Chichester Festival Theater’s SRO production “Sweeney Todd.”

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