It was announced today, by producers John Frost and David Ian, that Paulini will lead the Australian tour of THE BODYGUARD playing the iconic role of Rachel Marron created by Whitney Houston in the 1992 film of the same name.
Australia first fell in love with Paulini and her impressive five octave range during the inaugural series of Australian Idol. One of her childhood idols was Whitney Houston, and Paulini won the National Star Search Competition in her teens with her rendition of Whitney’s timeless classic When You Believe. The Fijian-born singer songwriter went on to release three highly acclaimed albums, and has travelled the globe from New York to Los Angeles, Paris and London, collaborating with some of the world’s best music producers. With her incredible voice, stunning looks and engaging personality, Paulini is one of Australia’s most uniquely talented performers.
“We are thrilled to give the extraordinary Paulini her first musical theatre role as Rachel Marron in THE BODYGUARD,” said John Frost on behalf of his co-producers. “When Paulini came into the audition room and sang those Whitney Houston hits, we knew she was born to be our leading lady. THE BODYGUARD has been a huge hit everywhere it has played since its 2012 world premiere in London – I have no doubt Australia will fall in love with this iconic story and those soaring ballads all over again, especially with the beautiful Paulini leading the cast. I’m also looking forward to auditioning to find our leading man, our ‘Bodyguard’”.
The 2017 Australian tour of THE BODYGUARD will commence at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on 22 April 2017, before playing at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane from July and the Regent Theatre, Melbourne from August. Tickets for the Sydney season are on sale from 31 October from Ticketmaster.