We Likey: Heather Headley’s Stepping Into Whitney Houston’s Shoes For ‘The Bodyguard’ Musical

May 3, 2012  |  

While tons of celebs’ names are getting tossed around as potentials to portray Whitney Houston in an upcoming biopic, we already know who’ll be playing the famed singer on Broadway, Heather Headley. The Trinidadian-American singer has just been named the lead in the “Bodyguard” musical opening at London’s Adelphi Theatre in December, and she’s ecstatic about the opportunity.

“It’s going to be the greatest challenge of my life, but I’m ready to step into those heels,” Headley told BBC News.

Though everyone knows Whitney Houston as Rachel Marron from the 1992 film, Headley said she doesn’t want to live in the deceased singer’s shadow as she takes on this role.

“You don’t want people to compare you to Whitney. I didn’t want it before and especially not now after her passing. I want people to come in and say this is Heather’s version – this is Heather playing Rachel Marron and singing Whitney songs.

“I am always trying to find a way to make them my own but still acknowledge and keep the integrity of her music.”

The musical will feature Whitney’s biggest hits, like “Saving All My Love,” “How Will I Know,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and most memorable of all, “I Will Always Love You.” Though there’s a lot of pressure on Heather Headley in this production, many are curious just how well Kevin Costner’s tough character Frank Farmer, which will be played by British actor Lloyd Owen, will translate in musical form. Owen says not to worry.

“If you think of Frank Farmer singing and tap-dancing, he loses his enigma and it could potentially be quite cheesy. That’s not the case in this.”

Opening day for the musical is December 6. How do you think Heather Headley will do?

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  • RealTUZ

    She’s going to be awesome… have you seen this woman sing!? Daaaang gina! Looking forward to this and her new record coming out which is rumored to have some the Bodyguard songs on it. Looking forward to this show coming to Broadway! Good Luck in London… but come ON NEW YORK!

  • MissDiva05

    I’m sure she’ll do an amazing job! Love this lady!

  • Vee

    Wow this is going to be great!!

  • Mia

    When did Heather get so beautiful!? Congrats to her. Make Whitney proud girl!

  • Anonymous

    Aha, finally, someone that can do Whitney Houston justice. I love broadway, can’t wait to see Heather  Headley.

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  • LezMiz

    I’m a Broadway geek, so I’m thrilled about this. Heather Headley is so talented, and she can definitely fill Whitney’s shoes! 

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  • Yadi

    Heather can do it justice!