Whitney Houston once said, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” This line from her iconic song has resonated with many of her fans, especially those of the LGBT community. Later this month, fans will be able to pay homage to the late singer in time to memorialize the 5th anniversary of her passing. The Bodyguard, the musical based on the Houston film, will fill the streets of Charm City with many of the singer’s classics when performed at the Hippodrome theatre Tuesday, February 28th through Sunday, March 5th.
“Approaching this project was about honoring Whitney,” explained Bodyguard star Deborah Cox. Cox plays the role of Rachel Marron, a role originated by Houston in the original film. “I wouldn’t say there was pressure [taking on this role] as it was more of expectations. When this project came along it was really important for me that it was approached in a way that was appropriate and with integrity.” Cox added, “Whitney and I had both recorded a duet together. We had a very close friendship that I still treasure.”
Cox, a Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B and pop recording artist in her own right, explained that there were challenges taking on the role, but that “You have to be fearless and dive into it and not really care about what people think.” Cox added, “For me, it’s not about the critics. It’s about my own personal connection as an actor to this role and connecting with Rachel. I wanted to make sure that I could connect with her with as much authenticity as I could. I felt there were many similarities and things I could relate to and bring into the character.” Cox discussed that being part of a musical such as this is rare as it’s hard to find a story that is both thrilling with action and still pulls at your heartstrings. “You don’t normally get to experience all those things in one musical. Maybe in Phantom or Jekyll & Hyde, but here we have a sexy thriller and I think this performance gives you that.”
Starring alongside the handsome Judson Mills, playing the role of Frank Farmer, Cox described that audiences will see the instant attraction felt by both characters. “The chemistry on stage feels real. I believe that we have that essence of both characters. The audiences connect with the characters and by the end of the show they are rooting for Rachel and Frank.” Cox added, “You can tell because in that moment you can literally hear a pin drop with stillness. It’s unspoken what’s happening with the two characters on stage. The audience is just so in it and involved. As a performer, you can tell when the audience is with you and not with you. Fortunately, for us, we’ve had people coming back multiple times to see this story unfold.” Continue reading here