January 31st, Broadway came to Chicago. This week was the premiere of the musical, The Bodyguard. Showing at the Oriental Theater, in the heart of downtown Chicago, the play was a musical adaption of the 1992 film starring the late music legend, Whitney Houston, and Kevin Costner. Although parts of the play featured some modern twist such as the use of technology and adding songs to the play that weren't in the original movie, the play for the most part stuck to the original story line; a famous singer, who’s safety is in question, grows fond of her new bodyguard.
The play stars award winning R&B singer, Deborah Cox (who also worked with Whitney Houston), as Rachel Marron, and Gods and Monster star Judson Mills as Frank Farmer. Cox eloquently portray her character and the audience loved each moment of it. Jasmin Richard, who portrayed Nicki Marron, also left the crowd stunned with her acting, comedic timing, and her powerful, commanding voice.
The cast made the film come to life and help audiences connect with the story, which is a hard task to handle, especially with such an iconic film. Of course, Cox performed hits from the film such as “Queen of the Night” and the signature Houston ballad, “I Will Always Love You”, but this play includes hits from the latter part of Whitney’s career including, “Million Dollar Bill". The ending of the play left everyone with joy and laughter, as the cast performed one of Houston's hits, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody". With a wonderful set design and great special effects, the audience was amazed with the dynamic performances and the visuals.
The production will be in Chicago for another week and will continue its US tour on Valentine's Day in Columbus, Ohio. For tickets click here, and congratulations to the cast and crew for an amazing show!