I attended the second night of the stage play, “The Bodyguard” at the historic Orpheum theater. Deborah Cox is phenomenal! She gives one of the best tributes to Whitney Houston to date. Judson Mills, as Frank Farmer (the bodyguard) does great in the Kevin Costner role as well. The son’s role was portrayed by Kevelin B. Jones and the role of Nicki (the sister) by Jasmin Richardson. They both displayed amazing acting skills, along with outstanding vocal skills. In other words, they can “sang”!
Keep in mind, the Orpheum theater was first opened in 1928, a time when interracial audiences did not exist. It was also built during a time when people were smaller in stature as well. So imagine, black, white, brown, yellow, all hue of people packed in this theater on one accord. We laughed together, we sang together, we danced together, we even cried together. We stood up, an entire row at time to allow our neighbors access to enter and exit the tight aisles. We exited the lobby together, after the show, and gushed about the art we all had just witnessed.
This is a picture of the United States of America. Art has a tendency to bring us all together. Kudos to Memphis, the Orpheum theater, the producers, the cast and all who were responsible for the production. Thank you for reminding us, that we are all the same and we can love, live and learn harmoniously.