Former Pussycat Dolls star announced to perform in The Bodyguard at Sunderland Empire

A former Pussycat Dolls star will be stepping into the Sunderland Empire spotlight in The Bodyguard.
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Based on the hit film starring Whitney Houston, the musical, starring former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton, will tour the UK and Ireland playing at Sunderland Empire from Monday, February 13, 2023.

Selling over 70 million albums as a member of one of the most celebrated girl groups of all time, The Pussycat Dolls, Melody Thornton is a multi-platinum Grammy-nominated artist.

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In 2020 she released her much-lauded debut solo EP, Lioness Eyes. Melody received rave reviews and audience acclaim for her performance as Rachel Marron when The Bodyguard toured China for six months. In 2018 she reached the final five in ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

Melody Thornton. Photo Credit Mark RogersMelody Thornton. Photo Credit Mark Rogers
Melody Thornton. Photo Credit Mark Rogers

The musical tells the story of former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.

The romantic thriller features hit tracks such as Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

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Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodygaurd, directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Oscar winning Alex Dinelaris, had its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End and was nominated for four Olivier Awards.

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A sell out 18 month UK and Ireland tour followed, before the show returned to the West End at the Dominion Theatre ahead of a second sell out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2018/19.

To date, The Bodyguard has played to over 3.6 million people in 15 countries and 45 US cities. Countries include the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, China, Canada, Italy, Australia, Spain, France, the US, Austria and Japan.

The Bodygaurd will hit Sunderland Empire’s stage from Monday, February 13 – Saturday, February 18 2023. Tickets are on sale now and are available from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7615 or online at

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