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Deborah Cox Channels Whitney Houston With Perfection in “The Bodyguard”

A packed house was treated to a show of magnificent proportions. The Bodyguard is beloved movie and Whitney Houston was a powerful force that drove the movie and the music to stardom. Now Deborah Cox has taken those reins with expert perfection. 

Everyone knows the story, Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) is the biggest singing sensation in the world and someone is obsessed with her. After receiving threatening letters, her management team calls on a bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Judson Mills), to protect her and her family. Rachel fights back at first, not realizing the true threat that exists. Once she realizes it, she clings to Frank and depends on his protection and his affection. Frank tells Rachel that he was reckless and can’t be romantically involved with a “client”.  Everything comes to a head when the stalker takes aim on Rachel at the Oscars. But Frank is there to save the day and takes a bullet for Rachel. Unlike classic love stories, the two say their good byes in the end and go their separate ways.

This is one of those stories that is made famous, not by the story itself, but for the music. The stage version of this iconic film was not much different although through most of the show, it felt more like a concert with little scenes here and there. The story seemed to take the backseat to the music even more than ever. With that said, it worked perfectly.

The cast was incredible and drove the show like a true group of pros, which they are. A cast that includes Deborah Cox, Judson Mills, Jasmin Richardson, Charles Gray, and Jonathon Hadley is guaranteed to be a smash success. But I do want to take a moment to talk about the young man that played Fletcher, Rachel Marron’s 10-year-old son. Kevelin B. Jones III was phenomenal. This young man, who was awarded “Best Overall Child Singer” at the 2016 AMTC Shine Conference, started singing and melted every heart in the audience. At such a young age, he possesses the ability to captivate a crowd and wow them with his performance.

The set design of this show was gorgeous. The walls of the set were able to transform into just about anything and it made the show even more magical. The light design was spot on and really brought the story to life. And then the costuming just drove it home. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t include some of the outfits that were so famous in the movie, but they still did a great job of showcasing the gorgeous Deborah Cox.

This is one of those shows that I could see over and over again and never get sick of it. If you have a chance, make sure to check this one out. Be ready to jump to your feet and feel like your part of Rachel’s world because that’s what this cast delivered.

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