23 Apr 2013

Gloria Onitiri – The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard blazed on to the West End theatre scene in November 2012 and has since received excellent critical acclaim as well as six Olivier Award nominations, including the award for Best New Musical. I caught up with Gloria Onitiri who plays alternate Rachel Marron, the lead diva of the show. Gloria takes to the stage as the lead role at least twice a week and also provides cover for Heather Headley when she is on holiday or sick.

Before her work with The Bodyguard, Gloria has fulfilled other high profile roles such as Nala in the Lion King Musical and Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q.

In the first video, Gloria discusses what it is like performing in the original West End cast of The Bodyguard and the pressure surrounding performing much loved Whitney classics to an eager audience.



Whilst chatting  to the lovely lady herself, I managed to find out some fun facts about the theatre queen!

Five Fun Facts About Gloria Onitiri

1 Gloria’s favourite Whitney Huston song is “The Greatest Love of All” – her and her mother used to sing it together in the car.
2 When Gloria was younger she used to sleep with a copy of Whitney’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” under her bed at night
3 Gloria’s favourite outfit from the Bodyguard musical is the canary yellow dress.
4 Gloria played Nala in The Lion King
5 Gloria was in the TV series Bad Girls in 2006!

In the second video clip Gloria discusses her theatre career before The Bodyguard, her favourite outfits from the show and what it is like to act alongside the very hunky Mark Letheran…


The Lightening Round

Gloria may well be a West End superstar, but was she brave enough to take on the Lightening Round challenge! Find out in the video below!



The Bodyguard is currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre is booking until 28th September 2013

Gloria Performs the part of Rachel every Matinee and will also perform evening shows Fri 12 – Sat 13 April, Mon 13 – Wed 15 May, Mon 17 – Thu 20 June,  Mon 15 – Wed 17 July and 12th August – 7th September.


About the Author

Rebecca is a cheeky London lady with a love of theatre, cheese and wine (preferably all at the same time!) She graduated from Goldsmiths (University of London) with a First Class Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts and later went on to study for an NCTJ postgraduate diploma in Journalism.

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