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Two young stars join the cast of The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

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THIS MONTH (April 2013), 13 year-old Joshua-James Thomas from Harrow and 12 year-old Michael Matias from Leystonstone join the cast of the The Bodyguard as the show enters its new booking period (until September 28, 2013) at the Adelphi Theatre.

Performing alongside Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen who lead the cast as Rachel Marron and Frank Farmer respectively, Thomas and Matias take on the role of Fletcher, Rachel’s young son.

They will alternate the role with original cast members 11 year-old Taylor Lockhart and 10 year-old Malaki Paul.

Joshua-James Thomas currently attends Hatch End High School Performing Arts College. Previously, he attended the Barbara Speake Stage School where he achieved the Dance Teachers Association Preliminary: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern Dance, Juvenile Tap and Musical Theatre Syllabus Award stage 1, 2 and 3. His television credits include New Tricks, The Paul O’Grady Show, Tune Attics, The Bill, The Morgana Show, Angry Birds and Goody Goody Gordon in Horrid Henry Movie. The Bodyguard marks his West End debut.

Since the age of seven, Michael Matias has attended the Carmel Thomas Performing Arts School in Buckhurst Hill, Essex. His professional theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Lion King and Oliver! His recording work includes We Will Remember Them (Help the Heroes, 2009) and the calypso solo in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (schools recording).

In The Bodyguard, former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and of course, I Will Always Love You.

The Bodyguard, which has been nominated for four Olivier Awards (Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical – Heather Headley, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Debbie Kurup and Best Set Design – Tim Hatley) and in February received the Award for Best New Musical, opened in December last year and recently announced the release of a further 250,000 tickets.

Directed by Thea Sharrock and based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated film, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard has book by Alex Dinelaris.

The cast comprises Heather Headley (until August 10, 2013), Lloyd Owen (until September 7, 2013), Debbie Kurup (Nicki Marron), Mark Letheren (The Stalker), Ray Shell (Bill Devaney), Nicolas Colicos (Tony Scibelli), Mark McKerracher (Herb Farmer), Sean Chapman (Sy Spector), David Page (Rory Fryman) and Oliver Le Sueur (Ray Court).

Ensemble members are Nigel Barber, Jordan Darrell, Yasmin Harrison, Shanay Holmes, Holly James, Robert Jezek, Melissa Keyes, Gil Kolirin, Janet Kumah, Nicholas Maude, Richard Murphy, Gloria Onitiri, Ashley J Packer, Dharmesh Patel, Lucinda Shaw, Paul Smethurst, Charlotte Watts and James Wooldridge.

Produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian, The Bodyguard has designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker and video designs by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Arthur Pita, orchestrations by Chris Egan and musical supervision by Mike Dixon.

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