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Bodyguard actress missed shows to protect voice

CONCERNS: Heather Headley

ONE OF the principal characters of West End production The Bodyguard revealed the reason behind why they pulled out of several shows during the festive period.

Singer Heath Headley was forced to miss performances after falling ill around Christmas and needed treatment to ensure that she did not lose her voice.

Headley portrayed pop star Rachel Marron, which was the role that the late Whitney Houston played in the 1992 movie of the same name.

Recollecting about her vocal concerns, the 38-year-old Headley told The Daily Mail: "I quarantined myself... it has been a little tough. I've had sore throats and coughing even though I've been on antibiotics.

"My vocal chords were swollen and the doctors explained that if I went on I'd end up with no voice at all so I was forced to put up and shut up. There was no talking, no shouting, and certainly no singing.

"I'm just so sorry that I missed all those performances. We're such a close bunch on the show and I missed my colleagues.

She continued: "The audience know I'm not Whitney Houston but they expect the songs to be sung at a certain high standard, the kind of standard Whitney had.

“Every night I think of my performance as an homage to her and I've heard some people leave the theatre and go home and put Whitney on.”

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