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Alexandra Burke dazzles in ‘The Bodyguard’

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Three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, dazzled audiences at Crawley’s Hawth Theatre, last week, with her portrayal of Rachel Marron, in the hugely sucessful West End hit, The Bodyguard.

Alexandra rose to fame, after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. Her debut number one single, Hallelujah, sold over one million copies in the UK – a first for a British female soloist. Her first album, Overcome, saw the release of her subsequent number one singles Bad Boys and Start Without You. In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by Beyoncé to support her I Am… Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012 and later this year sees the release of her third album.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, The Bodyguard starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Set Design, and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

In all matinee performances, Rachel Marron was played by Zoe Birkett – probably best known as the highest placing female contestant in ITV’s Pop Idol, 2002. Since then she has appeared in the West End productions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and originated the female lead in Thriller Live. Her other theatre credits include the Acid Queen in Tommy and Maureen in Rent.

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