Heather Headley in “The Bodyguard” (and in High School!)
All hail the return of the Queen!
After a long absence, Tony-winner Heather Headley is in final talks to get back on stage in a London musical adaptation of The Bodyguard, the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner blockbuster film about a pop singer and her, well, bodyguard. Not only does this mean that she’ll likely be adding to Dolly Parton’s bank account by belting out “I Will Always Love You”, but it also means the ever-regal Headley (Princess Aida, Queen Nala in The Lion King) will be adding another crown to her collection: the Queen of the Night.
Was she always this poised and polished? Check out this amazing video that’s made the rounds of Headley in her high school production of Funny Girl. Normally, I wouldn’t pass on such a clip; who needs to be embarrassed by their teenage awkwardness and unformed talent? But the thing is, there is nothing to be ashamed of here; Headley is amazing in it. It’s all there–the voice, the command, even the Heather-y hand gestures. In fact, I think it’s a fascinating and watchable testament to a natural talent. I mean, the girl even makes high school theater look good. So sit back and enjoy, the once and future Queen…