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Cast of musical 'The Bodyguard' holds showcase

All Headlines 07:13 November 23, 2016

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- One of the biggest hit films worldwide in the 90s revisits Seoul 24 years after its original release. However, it comes on the stage this time instead of the screen and brings a domestic cast and language.

"The Bodyguard," a 1992 American global megahit on celluloid, was a sensation that simply overwhelmed Korean media in the early 90s. Its climactic scene shows Rachel Marron, a huge pop star in the story played by Whitney Houston, being saved by her bodyguard Frank Farmer, played by Kevin Costner, when he jumps on stage to take a bullet meant for her. The scene was parodied by domestic comedians and acting stars hundreds of times on TV. Besides, the most well-known song in its score, "I Will Always Love You," a cover of the 1973 song by Whitney Houston, was everywhere on the street, especially in then-widespread bootleg stalls, and also in cafes and karaoke bars, becoming a staple of female singers' set lists.

This odlie but goodie was reborn on the twentieth anniversary of its release in 2012 as a stage musical and debuted in London's West End amid generally positive reviews.

Since then, several successive tours including in Ireland, the Netherlands and the U.S. followed, and eventually The Bodyguard hit South Korea, marking it its first production in Asia.

Yangpa, a South Korean female artist who immediately rose to prominence following her breakout debut song "Heart Beat Away" in the middle of the 90s; Jung Sun-ah, one of the top-rated Korean musical actresses; and K-pop rookie Son Seung-yeon are triple-cast for Rachel Marron. And well-known actors Park Sung-woong and Lee Jong-hyuk double for Frank Farmer. They all made it to the showcase of the project on Monday and performed the entire score including, of course, "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing" and "Run To You."

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