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London — Does "The Bodyguard" have the muscle to be a hit?

A stage musical based on the 1992 movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner has opened at London's Adelphi Theatre to a mixed critical reception – but universal praise for its big-voiced star.

Reviewers raved Thursday about Heather Headley's performance as Rachel Marron, a superstar singer who falls for the former secret service agent (Lloyd Owen) assigned to protect her from a stalker.

Critic Mark Shenton in The Stage newspaper found Headley – an American actor and singer who has won both a Tony and a Grammy Award – "an utterly compelling star" who combines "an authentic glamour and blazingly soulful vocals."

Evening Standard newspaper critic Henry Hitchings called her "mesmerizing," while the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer praised Headley's "sassy stage presence" and declared her renditions of songs such as "I Will Always Love You" even better than those by Houston, who »


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