Former Australian Idol star Paulini will star in The Bodyguard The Musical.

Based on the blockbuster 1992 Warner Bros film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner and written by Oscar nominee Lawrence Kasdan, The Bodyguard The Musical tells the story of former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar singer Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Naturally, they fall in love.

One of Australia’s finest vocalists and performers, Paulini, will play the lead role of Rachel Marron in the Australian production of the hit musical, stepping into the shoes of her childhood idol, Whitney Houston.

As a teen, Paulini won the National Star Search Competition with her rendition of Whitney’s timeless classic, When You Believe. The Fijian-born performer went on to release three highly acclaimed albums, and has travelled the globe from New York to Los Angeles, Paris and London.

The Bodyguard The Musical, featuring a book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), includes a whole host of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run To You, I Have Nothing, Greatest Love Of All, Million Dollar Bill, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and, of course, I Will Always Love You.

Following the show’s Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 22 April 2017, the production will play at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from 19 July 2017. Tickets for the Brisbane season will go on sale from Monday 14 November at qpac.com.au.