A LETTER FROM LONDON: Merrily We Roll Along, Privates on Parade, Constellations, Kiss Me, Kate and More

By Ruth Leon
03 Jan 2013

Heather Headley in The Bodyguard.
Photo by Paul Coltas

As to the rest of my month? Well, John Lithgow is prancing around the National Theatre doing a credible English accent as The Magistrate, a Victorian farce by Arthur Wing Pinero and having the time of his life. Over at Hampstead there's another splendid performance by Maureen Lipman, ably supported by Tracy-Ann Oberman, as mother and daughter in Old Money, a drama about a woman who only begins to live after the death of her husband.

To my amazement, having expected very little from yet another stage adaptation of a popular movie, I thoroughly enjoyed The Bodyguard, with Heather Headley as the rock superstar under threat from a stalker who hires a tough but attractive security guard who proves to be as much man as she can handle. The production is slick, the songs are inoffensive, and Headley is plain terrific. This show has to be Broadway bound.

(Ruth Leon is a London and New York City arts writer and critic whose work has been seen in Playbill magazine and other publications.)

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