Remember that feeling you got when you first heard one of your favorite songs or favorite movies? It’s nostalgia at its finest, as some projects are revamped into varying mediums. Add 1992’s breakout romantic thriller The Bodyguard to the list.
The film, which catapulted the late Whitney Houston into super stardom alongside Kevin Costner, is getting rebooted in the most creative way, a musical. And who better to portray the revived Rachel Marron than Canadian songbird Deborah Cox? From London to the United States, The Bodyguard: The Musical is taking stages by storm, one moment in time.
Staying true to it’s movie foundation, but with a modernized twist, Cox and company, including the stoic Judson Mills and superbly talented Jasmin Richardson score big; rehashing Houston’s iconic singles, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “Greatest Love of All.” An enjoyable gumbo of lust, suspense, dancing numbers and shimmering fits, the musical shines.
Extremely youthful, poised and classic, Cox is a welcomed sight, especially to 80s babies who first fell in love with her raw, commanding vocals and breakout hit, “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” in the early 1990s.
We caught up with the R&B powerhouse before Chicago’s opening night last week as the singer talked about her role, the craziest thing she’s done for love and advice she’d tell her younger self. – Angela Wilson
The Source: You’re playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, reprising Whitney Houston’s infamous role. Is there any pressure?
Deborah Cox: It’s a lot of pressure! *laughs* It’s high expectations on what the show is going to look like. And it’s a brand new musical coming to the U.S, never been seen here before. I know the audience’s expectations are very, very high. Our beloved Whitney is an artist we treasure and we love her legacy of music, so this show really has a lot of that in it. I know and understand the integrity that needs to be kept with the show and the storytelling. Myself and the cast we really try to honor that onstage.
How did you get involved with the production?
I heard about the show six or seven years ago; then they performed it in London then they decided to bring it to the U.S. The producers approached me about being in the show, but I was a little reluctant because I wasn’t sure how it would translate from the movie onto a stage. But once I read through the script and saw there were so many moments that was close to the movie but still kept the story going with other characters, [I saw] it was developed a lot more.
I enjoyed it and discussed it with my family because I knew touring was going to be tough on us all, but we managed to work it out!
What were some of the challenges?
Biggest challenge is that it’s a big show, a really big show. I sing 13 songs and there’s a lot of dancing and a lot of singing on top of that with intense scenes. It’s a suspense, it’s a thriller, it’s a love story, it’s very engaging so you just have to be on it. It’s like a whirlwind of sorts and I’m telling this story and there’s a lot of moving parts. It’s probably the biggest role I’ve taken on. Continue reading here