Whitney: Queen of the Night at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

Rebecca Freckleton will channel Whitney Houston when she comes to the Kings Theatre on Thursday.
Rebecca Freckleton will channel Whitney Houston when she comes to the Kings Theatre on Thursday.
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Rebecca Freckleton’s got the stuff that you want, and the thing that you need.

’Cause she’s the Queen of the Night, and she will be singing the hits of Whitney Houston at the Kings Theatre on Thursday at 7.30pm.

Whitney: Queen of the Night is a touring show which producer Paul Roberts describes as a ‘celebration of the life of Whitney’.

As well as singing, Rebecca tells Whitney’s story and gives information about her songs. Paul met Rebecca when he was working on another tribute show.

‘I knew her from many years ago when she did The Magic of Motown with me, and I had her in mind when I was coming up with this.’

She is supported onstage by live music from a five-piece band and three backing vocalists/dancers.

Paul says their attention to detail has impressed fans.

‘When we put the show together we trawled through Youtube clips of all her concerts and we put the same lineup together and used all of her live musical arrangements.

‘We have had several people recognise it. One in particular was a 19-year-old guy who was a very big fan, and he said he especially loved the arrangement based on Whitney’s concert for the Sultan of Brunei’s daughter in 1996. People are noticing that we have not just copied the album versions.’

To prepare for the role, Rebecca has done a lot of gym training.

People hear what they see, and Rebecca has a stunning resemblance to Whitney

Paul Roberts

‘You need to get the energy because even Whitney wouldn’t do two hours,’ says Paul. ‘All but one song is in the original key, so it’s a hard sing.’

He adds: ‘People hear what they see, and Rebecca has a stunning resemblance to Whitney. She has studied the way Whitney held herself, her mic technique, her movements – Whitney wasn’t a great dancer, but she sure had charisma – and she is getting a great reaction from the fans.’

Tickets: £16-21, visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call (023) 9282 8282.