December 14, 2016

The stage version of “The Bodyguard” isn’t the worst musical made from the boiled bones of a movie. In fact, I’m not sure it would make the top five (or do I mean bottom five?), although aside from a couple of shudder-worthy disasters, memory has expunged the details of many such shows. Nor is the musical, adapted from the 1992 vehicle that marked Whitney Houston’s movie debut, opposite Kevin Costner, one of the gobbling turkeys in the jukebox-musical sweepstakes. It falls into this none-too-prestigious category, too, because in addition to songs from the movie soundtrack (notably the turbocharged version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which was Houston’s biggest hit), the musical squeezes in a fistful of songs from her other albums.